Fox Valley Family Walking to Defeat ALS

Hope is growing since the successful Ice Bucket Challenge

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FOX VALLEY, Wis. (WBAY) – Finding a cure for ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease is a top priority for one local family.

Peggy Driessen is living with ALS, she was diagnosed more than a dozen years ago. Over the years the disease has taken away the use of her arms and it’s slowly taking her voice.

According to Driessen, “I take it one day at a time. And I’ve got a great family that keeps me active and involved.”

And her family is very involved in the fight to cure ALS not only for Peggy, but the other members of the family who are also dealing with the disease.

“Our family was introduced to ALS through my grandfather. Her dad passed away from ALS and since then my Uncle Jim and Aunt Cindy have both been diagnosed with it,” says Mike Driessen, Peggy’s son.

And with a chance of passing the disease on to the next generation being very high, because of the type of ALS they have, the family is once again leading the charge at Saturday’s “Walk to Defeat ALS” in Appleton’s Memorial Park.

Sharon Sprangers is Peggy’s sister. She says, “It’s a good thing, for those in Wisconsin that have ALS, to help support and give them means to get through this disease.”

All money raised at the walk stays in Wisconsin, with some going to research. With major strides being made in the research after the popular Ice Bucket Challenge and with funds raised at the walk, it gives ALS families hope.

Mike Driessen says, “A lot of times you put your time and effort into something like this and results can be mixed but the fact that they’re producing results and things are moving forward is encouraging.”

Registration for the walk begins at 8:30am. The walk starts at 10am. You can visit the Walk to Defeat ALS website for more information or to make a donation.

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