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Hundreds gather for Walk for ALS

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Hundreds gathered at Centennial Park on Saturday morning for the Walk for ALS.

Commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

There's no known cause, treatment or cure for the disease.

Organizers say this morning's walk was all about raising awareness and money to find a cure.

"A lot of people don't even know what ALS is," said Cheri Sanders, Executive Director of The ALS Association, Tennessee chapter. "Now with Lou Gehrig, that's been so many years ago since he was diagnosed, some of our younger generations are losing track of who Lou Gehrig was. We're really out to get more awareness this afternoon. We need to find a cure and we need to find it quick."

The Walk for ALS has raised nearly $200,000 so far. The organization will continue to accept donations through the end of the year.

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