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 –
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.
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.