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Walk raises money to help Iowans living with ALS

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Around 300 people took part in the 5th annual Cedar Rapids Walk to Defeat ALS at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The walk was hosted by the Iowa Chapter of the ALS Association. Around 250 Iowans suffer from the disease, which is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

All the money raised from Sunday's walk will go to helping those Iowans. Helping a family member with ALS can cost up to $200,000 per year.

"We provide life-giving care, basically, while they're still living with the disease, give them a good quality of life," said Tanner Hockensmith, Executive Director of the Iowa Chapter of the ALS Association. "We're able to provide that through the money we raise here at the walk."

 

So far, the Cedar Rapids walk has raised more $40,000 and they'll be collecting donations through the end of January.

The ALS Association hopes the walk will raise $50,000.

 

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