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'Walk to Defeat ALS' fundraiser kicks off in Roanoke this weekend

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - The largest local fundraiser for the ALS Association is happening this weekend.

The Walk to Defeat ALS in Roanoke raises tens of thousands of dollars each year. Organizers are concerned as registration numbers are much lower than normal.

About 160 people have signed up for far - that's half he number normally pre-registered.

The money raised will go towards research and support for those suffering from the disease. For local families like the Pividals of Roanoke, the support is extremely important.

"I and many others have been praying for a cure. We hope for better diagnosis to catch the disease sooner and more effective treatments to manage or arrest progression of ALS," said Frank Pividal, who lives with ALS.

According to the ALS Association, it costs roughly $200,000 each year to care for someone living with the disease. Currently, the organization is assisting families here in Southwest Virginia.

This weekend's walk is on Saturday, Sept. 26. Check-in starts at 11:00 a.m. at Hollins University with the walk starting at noon.

If you'd like to participate in this weekend's walk, click here!