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ALS HOPE Beach Run slated for Sept. 21

The annual ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) HOPE Beach 5K Run/Walk will begin at 6 p.m., Sept. 21 on the beach at the Isle of Palms.

The race was started in 2001 by the MUSC physical therapy class. The PT students passed down the event to the rising senior class each year until 2012 when the occupational therapy class of 2013 took on the event.

ALS currently affects more than 30,000 Americans, with a new person diagnosed every 90 minutes. It is a progressive disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. When ALS attacks, it stops muscles throughout the body from working.

During the event, several people living with ALS will be honored, including a veteran from Columbia.

Registration is $25 before Sept. 17 and $35 after Sept. 18. All race proceeds will be donated to the ALS Association South Carolina Chapter. Visit or call 708-3075.

August 28, 2013

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