Pinkham Notch, NH—On Saturday, March 13, Great Glen Trails will host the Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-A-Thon with all proceeds going towards ALS research.
Carl Johnson, a great friend to Great Glen Trails and a lover of all things skiing, passed away in 2006 of ALS. Since 2007, Great Glen Trails has held this event in his honor. This year’s event features a new ski-a-thon format in which skiers raise money based on the distance they ski. The more they can ski, the more money they can raise. Skiers will be asked to obtain pledges based on how many times they expect to ski a 5-kilometer loop. All proceeds will go to the ALS Foundation.
In Carl’s spirit, the event is also all about fun and will once again feature a prize for the loudest and wackiest tights.
A benefit raffle will be held during the Ski-A-Thon for a handcrafted, wooden vessel made by Great Glen Trails Ambassador Ed Good.
Entry fee is $20, includes trail pass with all proceeds donated to the ALS Association. All racers are encouraged to gather additional pledges as well. Registration and pledge information by clicking here.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. Yet, through it all, for the vast majority of people, their minds remain unaffected. There are currently no treatments that fully reverse the affects of ALS nor is there a cure.
THE ALS ASSOCIATION
The ALS Association is the only non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.
Learn more about the ALS Association at www.alsanne.org.
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