The father of a friend of mine has Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. ALS an awful disease that makes it difficult for the person to walk, eat, swallow, talk and breathe. Though there are some cases of people living with the disease for decades, most people die within three to five years of diagnosis. Baseball great Lou Gehrig is perhaps the disease’s most famous victim. Gehrig was diagnosed with the disease in 1939.
As with most fatal diseases, research is being done to find a cure. Of course, money is needed for research. We all know that. We see money being raised for research for breast cancer and heart disease. On Saturday, Jan. 7, you can support research for finding a cure for ALS by taking part in the 4th Annual Lou Gehrig Roseville 5K/10K. Put on by the ALS Association—Greater Sacramento Chapter, the event takes place at Sculpture Park in Roseville, 336 North Sunrise Blvd. Registration starts at 7 a.m. with the 5K and 10K both starting at 9 a.m. A 1/2 mile fun run for kids starts at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration is $30, $35 the morning of the race. Donations, whatever the amount, are really the key fundraiser for events such as this, so if you can spare a few more dollars, it would help greatly.
For more information (including how to volunteer), call (916) 300-3758. To register for the event, and to donate, click here.