Walk at Mill Lake Park raises funds for ALS

The annual event helps battle the condition also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

  • May. 18, 2014 2:00 p.m.
Rain did not deter the crowds during the 2013 Walk for ALS in Mill Lake Park.

Rain did not deter the crowds during the 2013 Walk for ALS in Mill Lake Park.

Sue Chapman lost her husband, Ron, to ALS on Nov. 7, 2012 after being diagnosed on Feb. 4, 2010.

Chapman is now the co-ordinator of the People’s Drug Mart Walk for ALS on Saturday, June 14 at Mill Lake Park in Abbotsford.

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a degenerative disease that slowly affects mobility and speech.

Upon diagnosis, patients can live up to five years, but it is no way to live.

Chapman realized this and immediately took leave from work in order to spend time with her husband while she still had it.

She, Ron, his two daughters, and many friends and family did the walk together in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, after Ron’s death, they continued the tradition.

Chapman said she promised her husband that she would get involved with the ALS Society in some form.

As this year’s co-ordinator for the Abbotsford walk, her goal is to raise $50,000. The funds go to patient services and ALS research.

Registration for the event begins at 10 a.m., with the walk starting at 11 a.m.

To register or for more information, visit walkforals.ca/bc or email fraservalleywalk@alsbc.ca.