Tri-Cities Walk to Defeat ALS this Saturday

Matthew Lane • Sep 18, 2019 at 1:13 PM

KINGSPORT — It’s time to again join the fight and bring hope to people living with ALS.

This Saturday, the local chapter of the ALS Association is holding its annual Tri-Cities Walk to Defeat ALS. The event is free and will be held at Borden Park in Kingsport. Check-in starts at 10 a.m., and the program begins at 11 a.m. with the walk taking place 15 minutes later.

The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend to show support for the families living with this terrible, incurable disease.

“We look forward to this year’s walk in Kingsport,” said Michelle Sweeney, the Tennessee chapter’s CEO. “This is our largest annual fundraiser, and it assists our chapter as we provide support to patients and families living with ALS.”


ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — a rapidly-progressive motor neuron disease that claims the lives of many Tennesseans each year. Nearly 30,000 Americans are living with ALS at any given time, with an average life expectancy of just two to five years.

ALS has no known cause, treatment or cure. Living with the disease can cost up to $250,000 annually, depleting families of all savings. The Tennessee chapter offers all services to people with ALS and their families free of charge. Last year, more than 2,000 walkers attended the event and raised more than $500,000 at the four statewide walks.


The walk is free to participate in, but donations are greatly appreciated. All funds raised will be donated to the chapter and stay right here in Tennessee, providing equipment and services to help local ALS patients and their families cope with the disease.

The event includes music, refreshments and community building from all walks of life and relationships and stages of the disease. To register for the Walk to Defeat ALS, visit web.alsa.org/tricitiestn.

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