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ALS Walk Raises $3,000

Close to 50 walkers participated in the ALS walk fundraiser Saturday morning on the John A. Logan College campus. The was just shy of two miles and $3,000 was raised for research of the crippling muscular disease. (Photo courtesy Jon LeBlond)

Close to 50 walkers participated in the ALS walk fundraiser Saturday morning on the John A. Logan College campus. The was just shy of two miles and $3,000 was raised for research of the crippling muscular disease. (Photo courtesy Jon LeBlond)

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The weather couldn’t have been more cooperative for a last Saturday in June. The temperature barely touched 80 degrees and there was hardly a cloud in the sky as a few dozen Southern Illinoisans gathered to participate in a first-ever fundraiser walk for ALS research hosted by John A. Logan College.

Former JALC employee, Rebecca Clifford of rural Marion, was the featured guest. Having been diagnosed with the disease a few years ago, she has lost some muscle control and was eventually forced to resign her secretarial position. On Saturday, she thanked the walk participants and spoke to a brighter future for people like her battling the disease.

“I can’t begin to share my appreciation for all of you,” she said. “I’m overwhelmed with the response today, yet excited at the same time. I never thought we could raise this much money.”

A little over $3,000 was collected in contributions for the ALS Foundation based regionally in St. Louis.

ALS victim Rebecca Clifford (seated) of rural Marion reads a prepared statement to the participants in the ALS walk fundraiser Saturday at John A. Logan College. Lending an assist is good friend, Claudia Merrett. (Photo courtesy Jon LeBlond)

ALS victim Rebecca Clifford (seated) of rural Marion reads a prepared statement to the participants in the ALS walk fundraiser Saturday at John A. Logan College. Lending an assist is good friend, Claudia Merrett. (Photo courtesy Jon LeBlond)

“With a lot of hard work and dedication, today’s event happened and we have exceeded all my expectations. The money we raised both before today and today is important because it will help fund research of the disease, ultimately leading to a cure.”

Clifford said she recently received some good news from her physician following a routine check up and learned that the disease had not progressed any further. She has also received an accessorized van from the ALS Foundation, which will allow family and friends to transport her more easily to-and-from various venues.