Hundreds walk for ALS

The ALS Association says 6400 people are diagnosed with ALS each year. It’s a progressive neurodegenerative disease that currently has no cure.

About 400 people walked to raise money and awareness for ALS in Murray Saturday. Walk Chair Scott Benson says that money will go to help patients specifically in the Kentucky chapter. He says they’re there for three reasons, to raise money for research, raise money for patient care, and awareness of the disease.

The ALS Association says every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed and passes from ALS. It’s a disease that’s taken the lives of three 3 people in Murray’s care chapter in the last month, Cynthia Shemwell, Jeff Wilkins, and Brad Barnett.

“Brad touched a lot of people by the way he approached the disease, He and DeAnn both. They were the most positive people I’ve ever seen in the face of what they knew was coming,” Benson said.

Brad, who lived with ALS for seven years, died last Sunday. His wife DeAnn walked for him Saturday and others with the disease.

“I think she knows it’s what Brad would’ve wanted and I think her words yesterday were, ’the show must go on’,” Benson said.

The ALS Association said with the amount of donations made during the 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge they’re confident a cure will be found in 5 years.

While there wasn’t a cure for Brad he still lives on where Murray high school plays football. A statue is there in his honor. Brad’s made an impact on young middle school players like Sebastian Lawrence.

“A true tiger in all of our eyes… He had a saying it said no regrets and that’s basically what the statue says,” Lawrence said.

He says players touch the statue in Brad’s honor before every game.

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