Just as certain as daffodils, the dawn of spring begins the charity walk and run season.
In cities across America men and women lace up to do everything from a leisurely 5K walk to a 26.2-mile odyssey to raise money for the hungry or for research into diseases that strike millions.
The increasingly popular events are not only for the able-bodied, however. People using wheelchairs participate and also want to be there to cheer their supporters. People who use wheelchairs are sure to attend walks for multiple sclerosis or Alzheimer’s disease.
Local Amramp owners – 44 locations across the United States – also participate in fund-raiser walks and races. Amramp of Omaha owners Todd and Bridgette Torring recently ran the Boston marathon and are lacing up to benefit Team World Vision.
In Northern New England, Amramp of Maine and New Hampshire owner Mark Rafferty participated in the ALS Walk, organized by the Northern New England Chapter of ALS. Known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis affects five of every 100,000 Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health.
There’s no known cause of this devastating disease that usually affects people after age 50.
The ALS Walk is held along Baxter Boulevard and Back Cove in Portland, Maine, and Mark felt getting involved was one small way to support research and those personally affected by ALS:
“Attending an event like this is really moving. ALS is a really horrible disease. People get diagnosed and then are expected to deteriorate and die at a relatively young age. Almost everyone there has been touched by the disease in some way: through a family member, friend, or colleague. Everyone has a story to share, and there are lots of memories of loved ones. Those living with the disease also participate – if they can – to help support the mission to find a cure. It was important for me to simply be there to support the community.”
In Boston, Amramp provided a short-term wheelchair ramp rental for the MS Walk. The ramp provided access to the stage at the Harvard University Athletic Complex. Often charity events have some kind of stage for presentations, musicians, and awards.
According to the National MS Society, approximately 400,000 Americans are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. About 200 Americans are diagnosed with MS each week.
Even when the walk or run takes place in large cities where walkways are easy to use, accessibility can still be an issue. On city walks, curb cuts can also be a problem, especially for those who use motorized wheelchairs.
Amramp’s modular steel ramps can be installed with just 48 hours’ notice and can be rented for a single day, a weekend, or longer.
For more about Amramp’s services and free on-site estimates, please contact Amramp’s National Call Center at 888-715-7598 or visit http://amramp.com.
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