The Walk to Defeat ALS returns to Raleigh with more than 1K participants

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- We had near perfect weather Saturday for the 2022 Walk to Defeat ALS. A huge crowd of teams and individuals gathered at the Halifax Mall in Raleigh under sunny, brilliant blue skies and very low humidity.

"It's great to see that people care enough to spend their time, to come out and help support the cause," said walker Penny Peacock.

The cause is very close to our hearts, after the loss of our friend and longtime ABC11 anchor Larry Stogner to ALS.

"The ravages of ALS don't end when the patient dies. It's been 5 and a half years since Larry died, and I miss him every day," said Bobbi Stogner. "I thought that we would have a lot more time together. So, it's a disease that we need to keep fighting, keep working towards the research for a cure."

Those who walked, including ABC11's Stogner Strong team, raised money that pays for that research as well as assistance for families affected by ALS. Saturday's response was gratifying after a two-year pandemic pause. At least 1,200 people registered to walk, and some brought pets along for company along the two-mile route through downtown Raleigh.

The response made Bobbi Stogner smile as Bobbi remembers Larry's participation walking and later, from wheelchair as his health declined.

"Larry was amazed, honored, he was very impressed that people cared so much, and wanted to put this much time and energy into raising support for the disease but also in his honor, and now in his memory," she said.

The goal for this year's Walk to Defeat ALS is $420,000 with more than half that amount raised so far. You can still donate online until September 20 at We, and everyone affected by ALS, thank you for your support.
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