Walk to Defeat ALS is much more than a charity walk. It can best be described as a love fest, where ALS patients, families and supporters all come together to remember those we’ve lost to the disease, support those who are currently battling it and look forward to a day when ALS is a thing of the past.
Held in Milwaukee (which also has a run), Janesville, Appleton and Platteville, the walks are fun rather than competitive, and feature live music, great food and drinks, and a joyous atmosphere that has to be experienced to understand. It’s a true sense of community that also generates much needed funds that primarily stay local, to help ease the daily struggles of Wisconsin patients and families.
For instance, the funds generated by the walk help the ALSA Wisconsin Chapter provide a wide array of services at no charge — from access to the Certified ALS Clinic at Froedert Hospital in Milwaukee to no-fee medical equipment loans and support and counseling services. The walks are the most direct source of funding for these services. As the number of patients increases throughout the state, it’s critical that additional individuals, businesses and organizations continue to step up and support the cause.
So please consider donating to the ALSA Wisconsin Chapter on Giving Tuesday (December 1st), and plan to attend next year’s Walk to Defeat ALS. Together, we can make huge strides in putting an end to this horrific disease once and for all.