It is called as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, but it is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The famous New York Yankee passed away from ALS in 1941, but the disease continues to affect the lives of many people today.
Each year more than 5,600 Americans are diagnosed with ALS. The disease can attack at any time, but it primarily occurs between the ages of 40 to 70 and is more commonly found in men.
The causes for this nerve-debilitating disease are still unknown, and the search for a cure continues.
You can show your support by participating in the 12th Annual Lou Gehrig’s Disease 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk at Dinner Key in Coconut Grove.
Proceeds from this event will go to support persons living with ALS in the tri-county area.
The course will take participants on an early morning run along the Coconut Grove coastline.
Registration is $30 for adults and $15 for kids 14 and younger.
For more information: www.alsrecovery.org.
A good cause
This past Saturday nearly 60 participants rappelled over the edge of the 13-story B Ocean Fort Lauderdale Hotel for Over the Edge for Gilda.
Some came in costumes and other just in support, but each participant raised more than $1,000 just to participate in the adrenaline-packed event, and they raised more than $90,000 in support of cancer patients.
For more information: www.gildasclubsouthflorida.org.
You may want to knock the dust off your paddle and start training because discounted registration is open for the Miami Paddling Challenge, scheduled to be held Sept. 29 at Matheson Hammocks Park.
There are several courses and competition levels.
The event is open to kayaks, surfskis, stand-up paddleboards, prone paddleboards, canoes, outriggers and dragon boats.
Each course will start offshore from Matheson Hammock Park beach.
The 12-mile Elite Course continues until you reach the halfway turnaround point at the Southeast side of Rickenbacker Causeway.
The 6-mile Competitive Course will have a Halfway Turnaround point just South of Dinner Key’s Picnic Island. The 3-mile Sport Course will have a turnaround point just East of Alonzo Mourning’s waterfront mansion on Devon Road.
Early registration for the event is $40.
For more information: www.miamipaddlechallenge.com.
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