On October 14, 2017, the Rapid Relief Team was asked to support the Walk to Defeat ALS® which is the association’s biggest annual event. This event was a 3-mile walk held at Sherwood Island park in Westport, CT, and raises funds for care services and support for ongoing research. RRT got there hours before the event started and help set up stands, put up signs, and general set up tasks for the walk.

A group of supporters getting water…

Every year approximately 20,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis more commonly known as ALS and Lou Gehrig’s disease. As many would know, Lou Gehrig was a great American baseball player for the New York Yankees. On his 39th birthday, He was diagnosed with this muscle disease, in which your nerve cells and muscles breakdown. There is no cure for this disease yet, and once diagnosed it progressively gets worse.

RRT assisting with the task of registering each supporter…

Check in for the event began at 10:00 in the morning.  Once the walk started at 11:00, volunteers from the Rapid Relief Team helped to direct walkers and runners to keep them on track. The RRT Team also had a water stand that was strategically located for the runners and walkers. Some team members from the Rapid Relief Team also helped run a face painting stand which all the kids thoroughly enjoyed! The event was a smashing success that raised close to $200,000 for the unfortunate individuals that suffer from ALS.

Face painting table for the kids…

 

RRT volunteers keeping the walkers hydrated …

After the event was finished, members of the Rapid Relief Team then helped clean up the park. This included taking down signs, dismantling tents, cleaning up garbage and helping others pack up that were set up. Overall, RRT was glad to support the ALS event which is doing the noble cause of furthering ALS awareness, helping those with ALS and supporting further research and development for a cure.

Large group of supporters gathered for the ALS cause…

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