SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – Siouxlanders this weekend will be hitting the pavement to help find a cure for ALS.
The Siouxland Walk to Defeat ALS, presented by Polk County Board of Supervisors, will be held at noon Sunday, September 16 at Chris Larsen Park Shelter, 1280 Larsen Park Rd. Registration begins at noon, with the walk beginning at 1 p.m.
The walk is done to show support and help raise awareness of the disease.
ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis.
There is no cure, and there are only two approved drugs that modestly extends survival by a few months or slows progression.