WESTVILLE – About 100 people turned out for what has become an annual tradition in the town – the Walk for ALS.
The walk, which was first organized locally by Sara Watters, raised more than $13,000.
Watters said she drew inspiration from a friend and “running buddy” who has a family member with ALS. Watters was venting anger towards the disease when her friend told her that ALS can also stand for About Loving Someone.
In addition to Watters, those in attendance heard from Westville Councillor Bernie Murphy, Pictou East MLA Tim Houston, Laura MacLean of ALS New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, as well as Rev. Doug Pilsworth.
Murphy and Houston both thanked Watters for her continued efforts with ALS support while MacLean thanked those who took part in the walk noting that events such as the Walk for ALS “show people with ALS that they are not alone.”
Pilsworth took the opportunity before giving prayers to lead the crowd through a brief rendition of “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” stopping just after “stomp your feet.”
“The people we walk for today can’t do that,” Pilsworth said. “But if we walk enough and raise enough maybe someday they will.”
The Annual Walk for ALS is in its fifth year. This year’s ALS Walk raised more than $13,000 – up significantly from last year which raised more than $8,000.