Frontier Walks to Defeat ALS

April 13, 2016

ALS group photoOn Saturday April 9th, 2016, Frontier Capital participated in the Walk to Defeat ALS at Symphony Park to honor and support partner Andrew Lindner’s father, Dr. Marshall Lindner (you can read a blog post about Dr. Lindner and watch his interview here). ALS, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a “neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord (ALSA, 2016). A-myo-trophic comes from the Greek language, roughly translating to “no muscle nourishment.” Without nourishment, muscles atrophy, or waste away. “‘Lateral’ identifies the area in a person’s spinal cord where portions of the nerve cells that signal and control the muscles are located. As this area degenerates it leads to scarring or hardening (‘sclerosis’) in the region. (ALSA, 2016).”

This was Frontier Capital’s second year walking to defeat ALS and with over thirty people walking, it was also our highest attended event to date! “More than just a two mile trek, the Walk to Defeat ALS® is an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, to raise money for a cure, and to encourage people to come together for something a cause they care about. The Walk to Defeat ALS® is The ALS Association’s biggest annual event and raises funds that allow local chapters to sustain care services and support research for the coming year (ALSA, 2016).”

Though the Frontier team began the walk together, we found ourselves scattered amongst the crowd soon after leaving the starting line. While some of us foraged ahead and others fell behind, Frontier Capital crossed the finish line just as it had started: together.

Sources:
– http://web.alsa.org/site/TR?fr_id=11528&pg=entry#.Vw0GyE8rJhF
– http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html
– http://blogs.carolinas.org/dailydose/living-life-to-the-fullest-after-als/