South Sioux City/Dakota County Walk to Raise Support for Nebraskans & Western Iowans with ALS

Sunday, October 1, ALS in the Heartland will bring their biennial South Sioux City/Dakota County Area Walk to Crystal Cove Park in South Sioux City to spread awareness and raise support for people whose lives have been forever altered by ALS.

ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive, terminal monster. With it, individuals maintain their minds, but lose control of all muscle movement—eventually including the ability to swallow, speak, and breathe. With personalities and memories still intact, but all physical functions robbed from then in succession, sufferers literally become trapped in their own bodies. Life expectancy is only 2-5 years after the onset of symptoms.

ALS in the Heartland is a nonprofit agency that provides support to give individuals and their loved ones impacted by ALS the highest quality of lives possible as they live with the disease. Services—including guidance, equipment loans, respite services, and transportation reimbursement—are all free to patients.

An independent agency, ALS in the Heartland is not associated with a national association. Therefore, they are able to use all proceeds to solely and immediately help people in Nebraska and western Iowa (rather than sending the money to a national headquarters). However, that also means that their mission is dependent on the generosity of Walk attendees and other donors. 

Please attend the South Sioux City/Dakota County Area Walk on Sunday, October 1. Registration is free, and everyone is welcome. Walk routes are handicapped-accessible and pet-friendly. There will be snacks, giveaways, activities, and more. 

Fundraising forms can be downloaded through their website: www.alsintheheartland.org. If you cannot attend, but would still like to send support, you may donate online through the website (designating your gift in honor of the “South Sioux City Walk”) or you can send checks to: ALS in the Heartland, 1320 S. 119th Street, Omaha, NE 68144. All donations are tax-deductible.

For more information, call the ALS in the Heartland office (402-592-2374) any time.