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ALS fundraiser set for March 3

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By Dave Taylor

“Bob’s Bunch Battling ALS” is planning a fundraising event on March 3 to raise funds for ALS research and bring awareness to the local region about the disease.

ALS—Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is commonly called “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” after the Hall of Fame New York Yankees first baseman who succumbed to the disease in 1941.

ALS is an incurable fatal neuromuscular disease characterized by progressive muscle weakness, resulting in paralysis, according to the ALS Association. The disease attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Motor neurons, which control the movement of voluntary muscles, deteriorate and eventually die. When the motor neurons die, the brain can no longer initiate and control muscle movement. Because muscles no longer receive the messages they need in order to function, they gradually weaken and deteriorate.

Bob’s Bunch was organized last spring by Bedford resident and Carroll County native Diane Vannarsdale McKinney, whose husband, Bob, was diagnosed with the disease in 2009. More than 40 members of the group, mostly residents of Trimble and Carroll counties, sold cookbooks and participated in the annual Walk to Defeat ALS in Louisville. Bob’s Bunch raised $11,800 last year.

After a year of planning and coordinating for this year’s campaign, Diane McKinney said the group has set a goal of $16,000 for their 2012 fundraising effort.

The March 3 event will be held at the Milton Fire and Rescue Station 2, located midway between Milton and Bedford on U.S. 421N, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Milton Fire and Rescue will have a fish/chicken fry. There will be a yard sale, an auction of about 30 donated items and the second volume of the “Bob’s Bunch Battling ALS” cookbooks will be on sale. The auction is set to begin at noon with items including fine art from local artists and craftsmen, UK basketball and football tickets, and many other items. A .22 caliber Henry Lever Action rifle and H&R .12 gauge turkey shotgun will be auctioned at 1 p.m. Proceeds from all of the events will be used for research to find a cure for ALS.

“Bob’s Bunch Battling ALS” will participate for the second year in the Walk to Defeat ALS on May 12 in Louisville.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Diane McKinney at (502) 255-7255.