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Toledoans fight ALS, one step at a time

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Wet weather couldn't keep a group of people from walking to defeat ALS at the University of Toledo.

Just over $100,000 was raised by nearly 1,000 walkers.

Each person walking has been touched, in one way or another, by someone they know with the killer neurological disease.

100 people in the Toledo area are battling ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

That may not sound like many, but the cost for annual treatment of each one can be as much as $200,000.

Walkers raised money to provide costly patient support services.

"We have come a long way in patient care and quality of life, but we still don't know the cause, treatment or cure for it," said Mary Wheelock of the ALS Association.

Carol Rice knows that firsthand.

"We lost 5 family members in the last 8 years to ALS," said Carol.

That would be Carol's two brothers, her mother, her aunt and a cousin.

"We've been participating with researchers and we're hopeful they will find something that will help our family and many other families," said Carol.

Melissa Belcher was diagnosed with ALS in 2010.

She's married and is a mother of 2.

A team of family and friends walked in her honor wearing t-shirts that read 'M 4 M'.

That stands for Miracles for Melissa.

"She's dong O.K. She's a tough cookie and she's strong mentally and is an inspiration to all those around here," said Melissa's mother Janice Smith.

Melissa's son Grant agrees.

"She's a very strong woman because she's been fighting this disease," he said.

The ALS fight will continue every year as folks come out to raise money by walking for those who can't.

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