Pinkham Notch, NH—On Saturday, March 13, Great Glen Trails hosted the Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-A-Thon and raised close to $2400 for 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. The 2010 version featured a new ski-a-thon format in which skiers raised money based on the distance they skied. The more they skied, the more money they raised. Thirty-eight skiers came out to support this terrific cause.
Along with the pledges from skiers, money was also raised through a raffle for a Curt Schilling autographed baseball and a handcrafted wooden bowl made by Great Glen Trails Ambassador Ed Good from wood found on the Great Glen Trails trail system. Additionally, Great Glen Trails donated the entirety of the entry fees, which included a trail pass for the day, to the ALS Association. The grand total raised was nearly $2400.
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.
Great Glen Trails is currently open daily for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snow tubing.
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