The 2023 Walk to Defeat ALS took place in Greenville on Saturday, drawing participants dressed in their favorite 1980s attire.
The event aimed to raise funds for the fight against ALS, with a portion of the money supporting UNC Health and Maynard’s Children’s Hospitals.
In a separate event, friends and advocates gathered at East Carolina University’s campus to Walk to Strike Out ALS.
Starting at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, the walk spanned a mile and a half, with enthusiastic walkers donning their nostalgic 80s outfits.
The event held personal significance for Pirate Country, as ALS has affected many in Eastern North Carolina, including former coach Keith LeClair.
Cliff Godwin, who played under LeClair, was among the speakers at the walk.
Godwin emphasized the importance of these walks, stating that they contribute significantly to the resources provided to ALS patients, families, and the six ALS clinics across the state.
The funds raised are crucial in the ongoing fight against this disease.
East Carolina University showed its support for the cause, recognizing the impact ALS has had on the local community.
The walk aimed to raise $60,000, but the generosity of participants far exceeded expectations, resulting in a significant amount being raised.
The event highlighted the unity and determination of the community to make a difference in the battle against ALS.