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2017 ALS Walk is one for the record books

Members of Team Darr take over the Boardwalk during the ALS Walk. RON MACARTHUR PHOTOS
September 19, 2017

The 10th annual Rehoboth Beach Walk to Defeat ALS is one of the top events held so far. Nearly 400 walkers trekked two miles on The Boardwalk early Sept. 9 to raise more than $110,000, the second-highest total over the past decade. Organizers said the total will likely increase as more donations come in, and this year’s walk could end up as the top one. Joshua Darr was the top fundraiser and the top three teams included first-year Team Darr, with nearly 50 percent of the total, Mary’s Marchers and Gene’s Machine.

The event raises funds for research and community-based patient services programs for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.  ALS, often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive motor neuron disease, which causes patients to eventually lose control of all voluntary muscles of the body. The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, with financial support from the Walk to Defeat ALS, is the largest organization supporting people with ALS in Delaware.
 
“Ten years ago, we started the Rehoboth Beach Walk to Defeat ALS to bring hope and support to ALS families in Delaware,” said Mary Lou Allen, who started the walk in 2007 with her mother Mary Ann Wollter in memory of her father Gene. “Each year, we walk in memory of my dad, but also for all of the people touched by this disease, and we will continue until we end ALS for good.”

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