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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jenica Lancy
Director of Communications
(415) 967-2572
media@alsagoldenwest.org

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Alex O’Loughlin from CBS’s Hawaii 5-0 Joins the Fight Against ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease at theSecond Annual Hawaii Walk to Defeat ALS onSeptember 6.

August 12, 2014, Honolulu, HI

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Alex O'Loughlin, who plays
"Steve McGarrett"
on CBS's Hawaii 5-0

The ALS Association Golden West Chapter is excited to announce its second annual Hawaii Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday, September 6, at Kapiolani Regional Park in Honolulu.

This year’s event has many key supporters, including actor Alex O'Loughlin, who currently stars as “Steve McGarrett” on CBS’s Hawaii 5-0. Prior to that, Alex starred on the cult vampire drama, Moonlight, and the medical drama, Three Rivers, both series also on CBS.

“This is a cause that means a lot to me personally,” shared O’Loughlin, “I'm looking forward to participating and helping to raise funds and awareness for the ALS community of Hawaii.”

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a fatal, neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.  People with ALS lose their ability to move, speak, swallow and eventually the ability to breathe, while all five senses continue to function normally.  ALS strikes women and men of all ages.  It knows no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries, though military veterans are at twice the risk of the general population.  The average life expectancy of a person with ALS is two to five years from diagnosis. At this time, there is no known cause and no known cure.

The Hawaii Walk to Defeat ALS® plays an important role in The Golden West Chapter’s efforts to increase direct services  and support on the Hawaiian islands.  The two-mile scenic walk is open to the public and all funds raised support the mission-critical priorities of The ALS Association Golden West Chapter related to Care Services, Public Policy, and Research.  Funds from last year’s inaugural Walk helped to establish regional Care Services   for the Hawaiian ALS community.  This year’s goal is to raise $87,000; the funds will be used to support people in Hawaii living with Lou Gehrig’s disease.    

For more information or to register for the Hawaii Walk please go to www.als-hawaii.org.  You may also contact Julie Himot, Regional Director of Signature Events, at (818) 865-8067 or jhimot@alsagoldenwest.org.