A record turnout at the 10th Annual Inland Empire Walk to Defeat ALS hosted at the University of La Verne Oct. 6 was only the beginning of what turned out to be the most successful Walk to date for the Golden West Chapter.
While the total number of walkers and dollars raised is still being tallied, preliminary totals show that there were more than 1,000 walkers and 66 teams who helped raise more than $119,000 – surpassing the goal of $100,000. And that number is still growing.
This was the third year the University of La Verne hosted the Walk on its main campus, thanks to members of La Verne’s Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, who work every year to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The ALS Association is the fraternity’s official philanthropy project.
The Walk, which received coverage on KNBC’s Channel 4 news, welcomed participants from throughout the Inland Empire, including 25 individuals currently living with ALS.
“People know that cancer is bad and that public support goes a long way but not as many people are aware of ALS and of its destructiveness,” said graduate student and alumna Marcella Marques. “By helping this cause, you are helping provide not just important research, but necessary care and equipment that helps victims live a quality life.”
Marquez walked in memory of her father, Larry Marquez, who was diagnosed with ALS and passed away several years ago. Her team, “Larry’s Little Wings,” included members of both sides of her family and sorority friends.
Funds raised at the Walk to Defeat ALS help provide services to families affected by ALS and support global groundbreaking research studies. Donations are still be accepted.