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Walk raises $280,000 for ALS patients, research

Posted April 5

What a gorgeous day to have the 2014 Walk to Defeat ALS in Downtown Raleigh, NC. (Photo by Laurie McCabe)

— About 4,000 people turned out Saturday to take part in the annual Walk to Defeat ALS, which raises funds to sustain patient care and support research.

Saturday's event, which was organized by the Jim "Catfish" Hunter chapter of the ALS Association, raised about $280,000, officials said.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a condition that attacks brain nerve cells and erodes muscle use.

There is no cure for ALS, and patients are usually given two to five years to live after they have been diagnosed with it.

Chris Rosati, the so-called Krispy Kreme caper who gave away 1,000 donuts in Durham a few months ago, attended Saturday's walk. The 43-year-old father of two is living with ALS.

"It feels a lot more wonderful than I thought it would," he said. "I didn't want to come because I didn't want to see what was going to happen to me, and now it is happening."

Rosati continues to accept grand ideas from Triangle students to benefit the greater good. His non-profit, Inspire Media Network, will pick the 10 best and help make them a reality.

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  • MindBomb Apr 7, 8:14 a.m.

    I was not able to walk this year, but a HUGE thank you to all of those who did. As I have mentioned before, my father passed away from ALS. The more awareness we can bring to this forgotten disease, and money we can raise is an excellent start to fine a cause treatment and cure. Again, much appreciation and thanks for walking.