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Hundreds lace up for 17th annual Westchester Walk for ALSPosted: Updated:
Hundreds laced up their shoes to defeat ALS Sunday at the 17th annual Westchester Walk to Defeat ALS.
ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
The 17th annual walk to raise funds for the fatal disease was held at Manhattanville College.
Dozens of supporters came out from Westchester and Putnam County to participate in honoring the loved ones they've lost or those who are currently battling ALS.
"My brother Robert was diagnosed last year with ALS and so we're here to support him and all the rest of the families afflicted with this disease," said John Arminio.
Team Arminio helped to raise over $90,000 and they are just one of many teams that came out to participate in the walk.
Organizers said their goal was to raise $175,000 and they raised a total of $222,000.
All proceeds go to the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter.