BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A year after raising $50,000 with at the Walk to Defeat ALS in Bangor, organizers are hoping to double their total.
The fourth annual Bangor walk will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 in Hayford Park. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Walkers can choose between two routes of either 1.3 or 2.3 miles.
At the first walk in 2008, 141 participants raised $27,000. The goal this year is to attract 400 walkers and raise $100,000.
NEWS CENTER's Sharon Rose recently spoke to Walk Chair Janice Von Brook about the importance of the event.
Like many walkers, Von Brook has a personal connection to the cause through her husband, who has ALS. Von Brook said the disease has been progressing slowly since it first presented itself in 2006, robbing him of the ability to speak and walk unaided.
Von Brook said the money raised through the walk goes toward research and programs for patient needs. Some of the research is being done at Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor. Von Brook said scientists there are studying the genetic components of the disease in the hopes of finding a method of treatment.
To better reach donors in southern Maine, a second walk will be held in Portland on Saturday, Sept. 10. Walkers will set out from Payson Park at 10:30 a.m.
To learn more about how to participate or contribute, click here for a link to the website for the Walk to Defeat ALS organization.