Hundreds walk for ALS fundraiser at Assiniboine Park

Some 1,600 people walked through Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Saturday to raise money to fund research into ALS disease.

Number of participants exceeds last year, hope is money raised will, too

About 1,600 people took part in the Walk for ALS at Assiniboine Park Saturday. (CBC)

Some 1,600 people walked through Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Saturday to raise money to fund research into ALS disease.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is an incurable progressive neuromuscular disease.

Executive director of the ALS Society of Manitoba, Diana Rasmussen, said more people are taking part this year, and the goal is to raise $250,000 throughout the year.

She said the walk alone this year has so far raised $184,000, and donations will continue to come in. 

Rasmussen said the event, now in its thirteenth year, also brings people affected by ALS together.

"Today, all the people that you see around in this park, they have been touched by ALS," she said. "And for them, the experience of living with ALS or a family member, is something that a lot of them obviously would never want to have happen, but they are now understanding that it's a day-by-day experience for a fatal neuromuscular disease."

Rasmussen said ALS affects more than 275 Manitobans, and approximately 3,000 Canadians.