Ice Bucket Challenge leads to record year for ‘Walk to Defeat ALS’ – WBIR

September 14, 2014 - als

(WBIR – Knoxville) About 1,000 people strike a cement Saturday morning to ‘Walk to Defeat ALS’ during Jewelry Television’s (JTV) park on Parkside Drive in Knoxville.

A record-breaking 106 teams sealed adult and lifted some-more than $156,000, another record for a event. This year’s idea was to lift $115,000, a volume lifted during final year’s event.

Leading a vast organisation around a park was Bayard Erskine. Erskine was diagnosed with ALS, ordinarily called Lou Gehrig’s Disease, on Jan 21, 2011. He pronounced he primarily went to a alloy in Aug 2008 after he had a fall.

“My left leg started going dull and afterwards we started carrying falls,” Erskine said.

Falls are one of a symptoms of a illness that shuts down a engine neurons in a person’s mind and spinal cord and formula in detriment of movement, according to Cheri Sanders, executive executive of a Tennessee Chapter of a ALS Association.

Bayard’s wife, Kathy Erskine, said, “the illness itself is mostly referred to as ‘The Beast’ since it is such a debilitating illness and it’s a really costly disease.” Mrs. Erskine added, a ALS Associaion “loans us apparatus and they support a organisation support meetings. They are positively required to a families that are traffic with this each day.”

Bayard, who is cramped to a wheelchair, led a approach for a travel and pronounced he was overcome by this year’s turnout.

“I am so sanctified to have this kind of a turnout,” Erskine said.

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Sanders added, “This is where a Ice Bucket Challenge has been a God-sent to a organization. It’s been a miracle.”

Since July, videos display people usurpation a chilling challenge to dump a bucket filled with ice and H2O over a heads have left viral. It’s called a Ice Bucket Challenge and was a approach to not usually lift recognition of ALS, though also income to assistance find a cure, prevention, and / or cause.

To hit a ALS Association of Tennessee call 1-877-216-5551.

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