Anderson Lock exceeded its 2022 fundraising goal! More than 100 participants, wearing bright red TEAM GENE T-shirts, walked nearly two miles to spread awareness of the urgency to find treatments and a cure for ALS. Online donations and raffle basket ticket sales raised $37,490.
Our recent event marked the second year employees and their families, friends, vendors and customers joined together to help unlock the mystery of ALS. Tasty taco dinners, sponsored by Allegion, welcomed walkers back to the tented parking area, enhancing the party-like atmosphere.
Cortney Anderson Wascher, President / Owner, extended a heartfelt thank you to employees. “Your time and effort spent setting up tents, cleaning up after the rain, walking nearly 2 miles, soliciting donations, purchasing raffle tickets, and even assisting the victims across the street, raised over $36,000! Dad saw all of the smiling faces through pictures and FaceTime and commented that he could really feel the love. I am just so proud of what we accomplished together. Thank you again!”
The reference to “victims across the street” refers to a hit-and-run car crash that injured a young mother and her baby. The occupants of a stolen BMW ran from the scene, and have not yet been apprehended. However, footage of the collision, and of two young men running with their shirts pulled up to cover their faces, was captured by Anderson Lock’s security cameras. The video, shared with Des Plaines policemen, is aiding the investigation of the incident.
Drama detracted from the fun festivities, and dark rain clouds rolled in before the last raffle prizes were awarded, but the overall takeaway was a big win for ALS. Together we are making a difference in the lives of people affected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries. To donate: http://web.alsa.org/goto/TEAMGENE
TEAM GENE Mini-Walk proceeds will help unlock the mystery of ALS and help find the key to treatments and a cure.