Walk to Defeat ALS goes virtual: CLT woman to honor late husband

Charlotte, NC — This Saturday morning thousands of people around Charlotte and across the state will participate in the first Virtual Walk to Defeat ALS in their own neighborhoods.

That includes Betty Oates who lost her husband, Limuel, to the progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord just two years ago.

Betty also recently held a neighborhood walk back around her husband’s birthday in his honor. Her goal has been to raise awareness for the disease which currently has no cure.

She says it’s a promise she made to her husband who died just three years after he was diagnosed. “He asked me to please, as long as I live and I’m able to support the ALS so that they can find a cure for this disease,” said Betty. “Because I was a caregiver– taking care of my husband, I have a passion, and I want to help those who are going through ALS. They were really wonderful and supportive of us.”

The North Carolina Chapter of the ALS Association currently serves more than 800 people living with ALS each year. The association says the average survival time after diagnosis is three years.

If you’d like to support one of the 500 local mini-walks you can visit www.alsnc.org or you can support Betty’s team by going to alsnc.org.

The day will begin at 9:30 am and will be streamed on the NC Chapter’s Facebook page. People can also support the walk via our text donate, text WALKALSNC to 41411.


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