Walking to Defeat Lou Gehrig's Disease - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/13/02

Walking to Defeat Lou Gehrig's Disease

Hundreds laced up their tennis shoes at Buddy Holly Park Sunday walking to D'feet ALS. ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease, occurs when nerve cells die and muscles gradually waste away.

The second annual walk raised $14,000, money that will benefit programs here on the South Plains as well as nationwide research. More than for the money, this three mile walk is designed to raise awareness of the disease. Many of the participants were walking for someone they have lost to ALS or someone who is currently battling the disease.

"ALS is a relatively rare relatively new disease. Since it's come under MDA in the last five years we've had more emphasis and more research done but of course we need every event to contribute to the research in this disease," says Mike Bobo is currently battling the disease.

Mike Bobo has had ALS for about a year now, he said he really appreciates the support from his community. Proceeds from the walk go toward services and programs to help support ALS patients in Lubbock and across the South Plains. NewsChannel 11's very own John Robison and Sharon Maines were Honorary Chairmen of the event.

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