SIOUX CITY | The Siouxland Walk to Defeat ALS will be held Sunday, Sept. 17 in Sioux City to raise awareness of the disease.

The walk will begin at noon at Riverside Park, 100 Riverside Blvd. People will hear recent updates about ALS, then take part in the walk.

ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis.

The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The first ALS treatment drug in 22 years was approved in May, in part due to ALS Association work. Siouxland members continue to raise money in the effort.

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County and education reporter

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