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ALS Walk set for Saturday

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PICTOU — The annual Walk to End ALS has switched locales.

The event in support of those diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis has been scheduled for June 15.

The title, Walk to End ALS, is new this year and the local walk is among walks across the country organized by the ALS Society of Canada to meet the national goal of $4 million.

Karla Mcaloney, who grew up in Pictou and currently resides in Bridgewater, is helping to organize the local run with her sister Corinne Elliott.

The walk has previously taken place in Westville, but they decided to give Pictou a try due to their connections to the town.

Registration for the walk will be at 10 a.m. behind the Customs House Inn and the walk will start from there at 11 a.m.

“I understand this is the first time for the walk in Pictou,” Mcaloney said. “We’re trying to raise awareness about ALS. We walked first in Truro during its first year there in 2009 and have gone to the walk ever since. It’s fun. I like doing things like this.”

Mcaloney said she and her sister have supported the walk and the society’s work since their brother was diagnosed with ALS.

“They helped my brother so well,” she said. “It’s our family’s way to give back to the society.”

ALS is described as a disease that gradually paralyzes people because the brain is no longer able to communicate with the muscles of the body that we are typically able to move at will. Over time, as the muscles of the body break down, someone living with ALS will lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow, and eventually breathe.

Pledge sheets are available for participants to help raise funds from the walk.

Tickets are also being sold on several prizes. The first prize is two nights’ accommodation for two and breakfast at Pictou Lodge, while the second prize is a gift basket and the third prize is an afghan and gift basket.