Help me raise money to find a cure for ALS!
Give 'Em Heltz
|Date:||Saturday, September 24, 2022|
|Team:||Give 'Em Heltz|
Dear Family and Friends,
Another year, another Walk to Defeat ALS! Now for our 21st year! Can you believe it?! Team Give 'Em Heltz will be walking in memory of my Grandmother, Lucrezia Heltz and my aunt, Pat O'Shea and in support of all families dealing with this devastating and life altering prognosis.
We're back and in person for the first time since 2019! The walk will take place at Oakledge Park (11 Flynn Ave) on Saturday, September 24th to raise funds and awareness for ALS. Plus, it's a great way to connect with other VT families and enjoy the beauty of our lovely state.
Arrive as early as 9:00 AM and registration begins at 9:30. Opening ceremonies kick off at 10:00 AM before the 5K walk followed by live music courtesy of the Michael Hahn Trio, games, raffle, silent auction reveal, and, yes, Ben & Jerry's ice cream to wrap it all up in Vermont fashion.
Also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, ALS is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, and eventually breathe within two to five years post diagnosis. While there is no cure, we are making strides in treatment and life expectancy little by little.
As some of you know, my father and I also completed a short documentary film entitled "Lake Effect" which explores the possible link between exposure to neurotoxins found in cyanobacteria and the onset of sporadic cases of ALS. Throughout our year of filming, we had the opportunity to meet inspiring patients and their families, cutting edge researchers, and caring doctors who are all trying to make sense of this devastating disease and affect change. And the fight continues! You can watch the film on VCAM or the PBS Made Here series and share with fellow residents and policy makers.
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