People with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, family members, friends, caregivers and others affected by Lou Gehrig’s disease will come together for the 2018 Rehoboth Beach Walk to Defeat ALS, set for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 8 at The Boardwalk at The Bandstand in Rehoboth Beach.

The event will raise funds for research and community-based patient services programs for people with ALS. Often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is a progressive motor neuron disease, which causes patients to eventually lose control of voluntary muscles of the body. The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, with financial support from the Walk to Defeat ALS, is the largest organization supporting people with ALS in Delaware.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m.

“Ten years ago, we created the Rehoboth Beach Walk to Defeat ALS to improve the lives of ALS families in Delaware,” said Mary Ann Wollter, who started the walk in 2008 with her daughter Mary Lou in memory of her husband Gene. “With more fundraising and awareness and help from new Walk teams, we can expand care to more families and get closer to an effective ALS treatment.”

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