Hudson Valley Walk To Defeat ALS Set For October 20th
The annual Hudson Valley Walk to Defeat ALS is coming and a touching new video shines a light on two Hudson Valley residents who have been impacted by the disease.
Yonkers resident Pat Quinn is best known as co-founder of the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'. The challenge went viral a few years ago and helped raise funds and awareness for ALS research with more than $100 million being raised for the ALS Association as a result. Beth Wright is a Wappingers Falls resident who also suffers from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The video tells their story of struggle and support for the upcoming walk.
ALS took Quinn's ability to speak a few years ago but thanks to cutting edge technology, he was given his voice back through 'Project Revoice'. When asked about his experience with the Hudson Valley walk, he mentioned how special this one is because he's met some of his biggest supporters here.
The Hudson Valley Walk to Defeat ALS takes place Sunday, October 20th at the Walkway Over The Hudson. Check and registration starts at 9 AM with the walk starting at 11 AM.
It's estimated that there are around 30,000 Americans affected by the disease at any given time. Life expectancy after diagnosis can average anywhere between 3-5 years although some have lived much longer.
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