ALS walk raises $132,000

MARCY — The eighth annual ALS Walk & Run was held at the SUNYIT Campus on Saturday, May 12th. Over 1,200 people attended the event and over $132,000 was raised. All money raised stays local to help families in Oneida and Herkimer counties that are battling ALS — aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Executive Director Sherry DePerno of ALS of Utica received the "Unsung Hero Award" at the event. Ms. DePerno did not know she was receiving the award; the award was given to her for her 10 years of dedication to local families battling this devastating disease.

The Luckiest Fan Raffle winner was also drawn at the ALS Walk & Run. Denise Barr of Whitesboro won the $13,000 prize. The Luckiest Fan Raffle is a Suite at Yankee Stadium for 28 people to see the Yankees play the Red Sox on July 28. The prize package includes food and beverage, luxury bus transportation, and $2,000.

ALS is a fatal and debilitating disease that has no known cause or cure and can strike anyone. A person diagnosed loses their ability to walk, speak, swallow and eventually breathe. Average life expectancy is 2-5 years. ALS affects $5,600 people in the U.S. each year. Every 90 minutes someone new is diagnosed with the disease.