Thank you for visiting the Down East ALS Support Group Walk Team page. Our team is committed to raising money to support people in our community with ALS and spread awareness of the urgency to find treatment and a cure. Please consider joining our team in the Walk to Defeat ALS® or donate to our cause.
The Greenville Area ALS Connection Group (formerly the Down East ALS Support Group) meets in the Vidant Rehabilitation Center Classroom (located behind the Children’s hospital), 2100 Stantonsburg Road, Greenville NC, Vidant Medical Center, 2310 Stantonsburg Rd., in Greenville. Visit our Web site at http://downeastals.wordpress.com/ to see our schedule of meetings.
Why We Need Your Help
Often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.
Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
This crippling disease can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease, yet it still can cost loved ones an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need. Help make a difference and donate or join a walk today.
Proceeds from our walks help to support these and other programs for PALS (Persons with ALS) in North Carolina:
- Support 5 multidisciplinary ALS clinics and centers in North Carolina;- Support over 800 people living with ALS and their families free of charge; - Provide financial grants to people living with ALS for medical expenses; - Fund 120 clinical trials and 60 active research projects in 9 countries; - Operate 11 monthly support groups in North Carolina; and - Provide loaner walkers and wheelchairs free of charge.
With your help, we will be able to make a difference in the lives of people affected by this disease. We encourage you get your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers involved!