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Support group hosts ALS Walk and Wheel-A-Thon in Chippewa Falls


Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Hundreds of people made their way to the Northwest Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls on Sunday, to walk and wheel for a cure.

The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, Support Group of Northwest Wisconsin hosted the event to raise money for their group. Donations help members support families afflicted with ALS, a disease that impacts muscles and physical functions. Hundreds attended the event and organizers estimate those in attendance raised nearly $8,000.

There are 23 people living with ALS in Northwest Wisconsin. One of those 23, Ron Hanson, had dozens there to support him.

"Ron is a personality that is just phenomenal," said Donna Meier, member of the ALS Support Group of Northwest Wisconsin. "You'll love him the first time you meet him. He always figures, no matter what is happening, 'it's okay we're going to make the best of the situation.' And so I think that's why everybody really appreciates having him in our group."

Hanson had begun experiencing the effects of the diseases a few years ago, but was diagnosed with ALS in March of this year.

"First of all, it's kind of a death wish," said Hanson. "The inevitable. There's no cure for ALS. And that's why we are here."

Hanson also said that the support at the event was tremendous, because that is what ALS patients need. For more information on how you can donate to the ALS Support Group of Northwest Wisconsin, visit their website.

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