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Residents Walk to Cure ALS

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Saturday residents are walking their way towards a cure for ALS.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord causing the individual to lose the ability to control voluntary muscle.

Saturday, the Upstate New York Chapter of the Walk to Defeat ALS held their annual walk at Otsiningo Park.

More than 600 participants took to the mile-long track to show their support.

"I don't think we even think in terms of a cure yet. We think in terms of what treatment could we see come out of research. The treatment at least would slow the progression or end the progression," said Exec. Director of Upstate NY ALS Chapter Kathy Lahey.
"I mean it'd be amazing. I wish it would have been here when my father was here, but I would hope that other families would have some hope someday," said Elmira Resident Cali Swartz.

Officials say more than 30,000 Americans will die from ALS if no cure is found.

Saturday's event raised more than 40,000 which will support research and sustaining ALS care services.