On June 13th I attended the 5th annual walk for ALS in Vernon! ALS is a rapidly progressive, neuromuscular disease. It attacks the motor neurons that transmit electrical impulses from the brain to the voluntary muscles in the body. When they fail to receive messages, the muscles then lose strength and stop working The worst part of ALS is that there is no cure for it, however things have recently been looking up for those with ALS because, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first drug for the disease Riluzole.
Riluzole is believed to reduce damage to motor neurons by decreasing the release of glutamate. The walk at Polson Park was filled with fun for the whole family. Fist there was the walk around Polson Park, it was so cool to see the kids run the whole way. Once everyone crossed the finish line the festivities’ began. There was a bouncy house, face painting and a huge ball that was taller then me.
There were also things for “older” people to do such as a silent auction, a BBQ, and live music! The kids all loved to play with the large ball. I got to play Frisbee with some kids and their Dads, these kids were amazing at Frisbee!! Then I got to walk around and talk to everyone that attended. The face paint at this event was fantastic, all of the kids who came out of the face paint station looked very happy with how it turned out. The unique thing about this face-painter is that she also was doing arm paint, which was a hit with the kids. I was so intrigued with how the face-paint looked I had to go and get something painted on my arm. So I got this beautiful rose. When all was said and done with the walk made about $7,085,which is AMAZING!! 👑