Join the ALS Association Arizona Chapter Oct. 29 at the Scottsdale Stadium for its annual Walk to Defeat ALS.
The family friendly event includes music, food, entertainment, photo opportunities with mascots from Arizona’s professional sports teams and plenty of fun activities for kids. There is a one mile walk and a three mile walk; both of which are stroller and wheelchair friendly.
Last year 4,500 people attended and $445,000 was raised, according to a press release.
Check in begins at 8 a.m., and the walk starts at 9 a.m. The Scottsdale Stadium is at 7408 E. Osborn Road.
There is no fee to participate in the walk; however, participants are strongly encouraged to fundraise. Each person who registers gets a personal fundraising page where they can use the tools provided to them, or participants get creative with their fundraising. Last year one walk team went skydiving to raise money.
Participants can register for the walk at walktodefeatals.org.
The Walk to Defeat ALS is a way to lend support to those fighting ALS and their families. This is one of the largest events that the ALS Association hosts each year.
Money from this event will go toward patient and family services, community outreach and research. Yearly expenses for those living with ALS averages $200,000. ALS affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. It is a fatal disease that has a life expectancy of 2-5 years, stated the release.
The Scottsdale Independent is available for free every Wednesday.