Summary Results of the June 10, 2001 Walk to D'Feet ALS
[The following is adapted from the Summer 2001 newsletter published by the ALS Association - Greater Philadelphia Chapter]
1st Annual Harrisburg Walk to D'Feet ALS
"Never doubt that a small group of dedicated people can make a difference. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has." The words of Margaret Meade could be heard echoing throughout Harrisburg's Riverfront Park, Sunday, June 10, 2001, as over 740 Walkers came together for the 1st Annual Harrisburg Walk to D'Feet ALS.
About five months ago, a small group of eight people had a dream. A dream not only to create an event that would raise awareness and money for research and patient services, but also to create an event where families could come together to honor and remember loved ones touched by ALS and to share their stories.
A goal was set, committees assigned, and the Walk began to take shape under the leadership of Event Chair, Scott E. Zimmerman, and Family Chair, Jody Zimmerman Laverty, whose father, Bruce W. Zimmerman, was diagnosed with ALS in January 2000. Together they decided to not sit back and watch this horrible disease take its toll; they decided to fight and fight they did! The duo worked tirelessly obtaining sponsors and local news coverage. The Zimmerman family could not be stopped.
Over 30 teams walked across the Walnut Street Bridge, wearing brightly colored t-shirts with team names like:
just to name a few. Men, women, children, and their dogs walked with signs and pictures remembering loved ones, and others walked in honor of those still living with ALS.
The 1st Annual Harrisburg Walk to D'Feet ALS raised in excess of $118,000, more than doubling their goal of $50,000. It was a day to remember that no one is alone in this fight and that those with ALS will never be forgotten. Sunday, June 10, 2001 was a day that proves...dreams do come true!
Please keep your eyes and ears open for a Walk to D'Feet ALS near you. See you in 2002!
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