June 17, 2017 1:01 pm
Updated: June 17, 2017 1:03 pm

Over 2,000 people gather for annual Walk for ALS in Manitoba

18th annual Walk for ALS at Assiniboine Park.

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WINNIPEG — Over 2,200 Manitobans spent their Saturday morning at Assiniboine Park to raise funds for ALS research.

A sea of purple shirts could be seen at Assiniboine Park on Saturday morning as thousands took part in the 18th annual Walk for ALS.

Organizers said the purple shirts are a way to honour loved ones that have lost the battle to ALS.

Thousands walked to raise funds and awareness around ALS.

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Diana Rasmussen is the executive director of the ALS Society of Manitoba and said the goal is make the disease treatable and not terminal.

“Every year I get the chance to see families and old friends of ALS and also walk beside new clients with their family supports,” Rasmussen said.

By noon, organizers said the walk had already raised nearly $190,000, with more donations still coming in.

The hopes are for the group to reach their goal of $250,000 this year and organizers are confident the goal will be met.

 

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