ALS & Buddy Walk 
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This year I participated in two of my favorite walks for excellent charitable causes. The ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania) Buddy walk. They are both great experiences to have. I have walked the ALS walk for two years and the Buddy walk for about six years. 

Someone in my family has ALS and we decided to do the walk in his honor and to raise awareness. The walk was in Ocean City and consisted of half the boardwalk. Our team was around one-hundred people. After we walked, we went back to the meeting place and the organizers gave out awards. We stayed on the beach afterward and got food and ice cream. I got Kohr Brothers chocolate and peanut butter swirl. 

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease where cells die and it is hard to move. This illness affects the nervous cells in your brain and spine. It eventually wears down your cells to the point that you will be unable to move. In most cases, people with the disease need a wheelchair or electric scooter. If you are between 40-70 you are in the age group most likely to be diagnosed with ALS. Around 15,000 Americans are living with ALS at any given point in time. Scientists aren’t sure what causes ALS, some think it is hereditary and some think that the environment you are around can cause ALS. They also aren’t sure why military veterans get ALS. They are twice as likely to get ALS than one of us. 

The Buddy Walk focuses on those with Down Syndrome. This cause is dear to my heart because my dance teacher’s daughter has Down Syndrome. Our dance team has a ritual of first gathering to get a group picture. Next, our dance teacher usually lets us participate in the fun events that are around the stadium. This large event is held at Villanova University and the team I am on also has around one-hundred people as well. My favorite thing is the WAWA truck with hot chocolate and coffee. We always perform after the walk, typically a hip hop routine for the other participants.

Down Syndrome is a chromosomal disorder that affects some physical abilities and some mind or brain functions. Doctors can find Down Syndrome before or after a baby’s birth using tests. If you have Down Syndrome, life expectancy is around seventy years old. A person with Down Syndrome can do everything a normal child or person can, it just takes time. Written by Emma Vinci

Posted by On 11 November, 2019 at 3:12 PM