Northern Ohio’s 10th Annual Walk to Defeat ALS will be held for the first time on The University of Toledo’s Main Campus Sunday, Oct. 6.
The walk is the ALS Association’s biggest annual event that raises money for support and research.
Last year, family, friends and co-workers formed a team to honor Diane Hymore, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was director of senior administrative operations and longtime executive secretary to UT President Lloyd Jacobs.
The UT team, Nana’s Flowers of Hope, continues to support Hymore. In 2012, the team surpassed its initial goal of $1,750 in just days; for 2013, it is looking to raise $4,000.
The goal of the Northern Ohio Chapter is to raise $115,000 through the walk.
UT Women’s Basketball Coach Tricia Cullop will be the honorary chair of the walk, and members of the basketball team also will participate in the event.
There will be several activities for children: face painting, balloon animals, crafts, games and refreshments.
UT’s Rocky and Rocksy, as well as Bowling Green State University’s Freddie the Falcon and Ronald McDonald, will be among the special guests mingling with participants. Local entertainer Eddie Boggs also will perform.
For details on the walk and to register a team or join an existing team, visit http://webnoh.alsa.org and click on the Toledo walk.
For more information, contact event coordinators and co-chairs of the Nana’s Flowers of Hope team Toni Blochowski, assistant to the chancellor for the academic health center, at 419.277.2523 or John Adams, associate director for dual enrollment, at 419.461.0412.