Once again it is time to get your walking shoes ready for action, and join the Horsefly Walking Ladies for the Annual ALS Walk in Williams Lake June 14 at Boitanio Park.
Registration is at 10 a.m. and walk begins at 11 a.m.
Last year the Horsefly Walking Ladies — Faye Knox, Nancy Beigh, Gerry Farquharson, Rose Kearney, Monika Schlaepfer, Louise Schleuniger (Esther’s Mom), Esther and Beat Oschwald, and Foxi the dog — and friends collected $1,465.
The Horsefly Ladies Walking Club is lead by Esther Oschwald who lost a brother to ALS in 2010.
He is her inspiration.
ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and there is simply no way to sugar coat the outcome of ALS.
Average survival depending on different factors is 39 months from time of diagnosis.
It is an extremely rare disease with no real known cause and no cure. There is some evidence ALS is genetic in some families, but nothing can be nailed down as fact. It is a frightening prospect to say the least.
If you wish to donate, please make cheques payable to ALS BC.
Monika Schlaepfer opened a team page http://my.e2rm.com/TeamPage.aspx?langPref=en-CA&TSID=481062 on the Internet for the Ladies Walking Group, so you can visit the page and see what their group is all about.
Sixty per cent of all funds collected for BC ALS go to ALS patient services and programs, and the other 40 per cent goes towards research.
Corporate sponsors are People’s Drug Mart, Global BC, and the BC Lions; local sponsors are M&M Meats, Excelsior Jewellers Limited, Horizon Climate Controls, and Pioneer Log Homes.