The “Pie in the Sky” fundraiser, a fun and unique pie sampling event, will feature pies from three local bakeries from 5:30 to 7:30 tonight at the Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Visitors can enjoy pie samples from Pumpernickels, Irwins Fine Foods, and Gingerbread Bake Shop during the event, the proceeds from which will benefit local families who are fighting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
The disease, more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive and debilitating neurodegenerative condition that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
The early symptoms of ALS are often missed because they are typically gradual and generally painless, according to the ALS Association.
Progressive muscle weakness is a common initial symptom of ALS as are also tripping, dropping things, abnormal fatigue of the arms and/or legs, slurred speech, muscle cramps and twitches or uncontrollable periods of laughing or crying.
There is no cure for ALS and the disease is eventually fatal.
The life expectancy of a person with ALS varies, but is generally about two to five years from the time of diagnosis, according to the ALS Association.