Fundraiser, walk to benefit ALS patients

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 26 at 1:13 PM

NORFOLK -- Two events to help raise awareness for ALS will take place in Hampton Roads over the next couple of weeks. 

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The disease robs people of the ability to walk, talk and even blink an eye. It traps them inside a body they no longer can control.

In an effort to combat the disease, community members are coming together to help find a cure. 

Scotty Quixx Dining for ALS

Date: June 26

Time: 5-10 p.m.

Location: 436 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

The restaurant will donate 20 percent of all sales during that time to the local chapter of the ALS Association. In addition to the great food and drink, there will be a raffle for gift cards to local businesses as well as a Redskins football that will be auctioned off.

Virginia Beach Walk to Defeat ALS® 

Date: July 12

Time: 9 a.m. 

Location: 24th Street & Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

The walk is the chapter’s largest fundraiser. Walkers raise about half of the revenue that is needed to provide services to people living with the crippling illness. Walkers will meet at 24th Street Park to raise awareness for the cause. 

If you can't make it to either event, you can still donate here.

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