Ride-Away is a proud Bronze sponsor of the 12th annual Walk to Defeat ALS® on Saturday, 27th at Browns Island. Walk check-in is 10 a.m. and the walk starts at 11 a.m.
Ride-Away provides a full selection of mobility products, wheelchair accessible vans, and services for the disabled community. As one of America’s largest providers of new wheelchair van conversions and modifications, as well as used wheelchair vehicles, they sell and install only the best, quality-assured components to give you the best standards in safety and quality. Most importantly, they make the individual needs of every customer our uppermost concern; every person they serve is unique and they take pride in meeting your needs with their expertise and innovative problem solving.
The Walk to Defeat ALS® empowers patients, friends, families, and the business community to fight back against a disease that leaves many feeling powerless. It is the ALS Association’s biggest annual event, which raises funds to sustain patient care and support cutting-edge research by the world’s best and brightest scientists. Approximately 165 walks are held around the country each year. Since 2000, the events have raised over $137 million toward their mission – a world without ALS.
What is ALS?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
ALS was first described in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease when he abruptly retired from baseball after being diagnosed with ALS. Most commonly, the disease strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70.
- ALS is not contagious.
- It is estimated that ALS is responsible for nearly two deaths per hundred thousand population annually.
- Approximately 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year. The incidence of ALS is two per 100,000 people, and it is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans may have the disease at any given time.
- About twenty percent of people with ALS live five years or more and up to ten percent will survive more than ten years and five percent will live 20 years. There are people in whom ALS has stopped progressing and a small number of people in whom the symptoms of ALS reversed.
- ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic or social economic boundaries.
- ALS can strike anyone.
Ride-Away is a proud “watering stop” sponsor of The Walk to Defeat ALS®. Bring your determination, your energy, and your passion in support of this community event to fight back against a disease that leaves many feeling powerless.
Walk to Defeat ALS®
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Walk Check-in: 10 a.m. Walk Starts: 11 a.m.
Location: Brown’s Island
Distance: 3 miles Map & Directions
For more information:
Ride-Away Handicap Equipment Corporation
232 E. Belt Boulevard Richmond, VA 23224
Phone ~ (804)233-8267 Toll Free ~ (866)341-2929
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