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Portland, Bangor will ‘Walk To Defeat ALS’


CONCORD, NH – In August and September, the ALS community in Northern New England will come together to participate in a Walk To Defeat ALS, in Bangor and Portland.

 The ALS Association of Northern New England chapter provides services throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is an always-fatal neurodegenerative disease in which a person’s brain loses connection with muscles in the body. People with ALS lose their ability to walk, talk, eat, and eventually breathe. There is no cure yet for ALS.

Thursday, Aug. 26 through Saturday, Aug. 28, the ALS community will come together to participate in the 2021 Bangor Walk to Defeat ALS.

The 2021 Portland Walk to Defeat ALS will take place Thursday, Sept. 9 through Saturday, Sept. 11.

Each year, walkers honor, celebrate, recognize, and memorialize those throughout the communities who have been impacted by ALS, and 2021 won’t be any different. The funds raised stay in the local communities and help the ALS Association to provide services that directly impact the lives of people with ALS, their families, and their caregivers.

One option is called Walk Your Way. Participate and raise funds to defeat ALS wherever and whenever is convenient for you. Send pictures and stories from your Walk activities to ALSANNE to be highlighted on social media.

A second option is The Tribute Walk, the NEW way for teams to still go out and have a walking route with the option to meet up with other teams and participate together. Instead of a one-day event, ALSANNE will be placing professionally designed and printed tribute signs along a pre-determined and accessible walking route from Aug. 26 through Aug. 28. These tribute signs will include messages of honor, love, support, and other dedications for those throughout our ALS community.

Teams who wish to participate in the Tribute Walk will be able to do so any time while the route is set up. There will be volunteers and/or staff present to greet teams and answer any questions they may have. Participants are expected to abide by all CDC, state, local, and venue guidelines.

Register to Walk at or contact Karrie Boskee at or 360-219-5842.

The Mission of The ALS Association is “To discover treatments and a cure for ALS, to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.” Through the highest quality patient care, world-wide research, and fearless advocacy, we are working to find a cure and improve the quality of life for people living with ALS and their families. The Northern New England Chapter provides services throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

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