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Charity walk to raise money for ALS planned for Polar Park

September 26, 2021 GMT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — More than 160 people were expected to participate in a charity walk to raise money for the fight against ALS in Worcester.

The goal of the Walk to Defeat ALS on Sunday is to raise $100,000 to bolster no-cost services like support groups, home visits, insurance counseling, referrals to community resources, durable medical equipment loans, the Care Connection program, education and more.

The light, one-mile walk was taking place at Polar Park, home of the Triple-A Worcester Red Sox. Three dozen teams were expected to participate. The team that raises the most money will get to enjoy a luxury box for the day.

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, affects about 400 people in Massachusetts each year. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that leads to paralysis due to the death of motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain. There is no known cure.