SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- The ALS Association hosted the Walk to Defeat ALS Saturday.
The walk started at 10 a.m. at Mirabeau Point Park. The participants took on a two and a half mile trek.
"The walk lets people know there are people right here living with the disease and how it impacts families who are living with it," said Rebecca Moore, the event organizer.
The Gonzaga Prep football team and others from the high school took part in the walk, helping to represent Team Gleason. Gonzaga Prep is the alma mater of former WSU and New Orleans Saints star Steve Gleason, who has dedicated much of his life to fighting ALS after being diagnosed with the disease in 2011.
"He just doesn't want to give up," said Stephen Machtolf, a Gonzaga Prep senior linebacker. "Keeps fighting everyday."
"It's cool to watch him," said Clint Wacholz, a Gonzaga Prep senior cornerback. "He pushes every day and we are going to as well. Live like you're on a timeline. And when I got out on the football field, I really think about that."
The Walk to Defeat ALS is The ALS Association’s biggest annual event that raises funds to sustain care services and support research for the next year.
"It helped me become a better player and person, because I think about the gifts I have truly, and I am very blessed," said Wacholz.
As of Friday, the walk had raised $28,695. Since 2000, the ALS walks have raised more than $172 million nationwide.
The Walk to Defeat ALS was scheduled to hit Coeur d’Alene’s Riverstone Park on September 21.
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