VICTORIA, Texas - The 10th annual ALS Stroll Roll N Run event took place at Son Valley Ranch Saturday morning.
Newscenter 25's David Gibson attended and brings us the story.
"it is a terminal disease, there is no cure and there isnt really any treatment now," says Bryan Serold, Organizer.
ALS is a disease that affects your nervous system, once diagosed the patient typically has only 2 to 5 years to live.
It starts with muscle weakness then eventually muscle paralysis. Ultimately the disease causes the nerves to die and muscles to waste away, effectively forcing the body to collapse in on itself.
But some cases are different because pastor bill hassel was dianoesed with als almost 12 years ago , he has made it a mission to bring awareness about this disease.
"He said if i have to have this disease, its going to count for something. and this event is one of the things that made it count for something. "For him to raise awareness and to raise money for research," tells Renee Hassel, Organizer.
With the help of the community, they created the Stroll Roll N Run event 9 years ago .
Each participant is either walking or running eleven laps to remember those lives lost from ALS or remember those who are in the fight for their life right now with this terrible disease.
"This is an opportunity to reflect on family members and friends we lost and have a good time," adds Bryan Serold.
Over the last 10 years, The Stroll Roll N Run event has raised well over six figures for the ALS therapy development institute.
"With events like this after 10 years, they have raised close to 230,000 dollars. that will go directly to the lab. to fund critical research right now," explains Dileep Dadlani, Development Director.
At the end of the event, the famous wheel chair race with pastor bill dressing up. although he lost, he was the real winner in everyones hearts.
Sadly this is the last event, because Pastor Bill has called it quits but they are forever grateful for all the support!
"We just feel that it is time to end this, maybe in the future we will find something else to do but we just decieded that this will be the last one," adds Hassel.
If you would like to donate you can text Pastor Bill at 361-550-1546 or email him Pstrbill01@hotmail.com
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