On Saturday, November 8th, Coach Courtemarche, and about 20 players and parents volunteered to help the ALS Walk in Irvine. They helped set up, direct walkers to the registration tables and cheered for the walkers as they began their 5K walk and congratulated them as they passed the finish line. As the Los Al HS supported team, CAROLYN'S CRUISERS, began their walk, the players cheered loudly in support of all the people walking for Carolyn; friends, students, and family members. Carolyn's Cruisers is the top 3rd team to raise funds for this amazing event, almost $14,000.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. For unknown reasons, veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population. There is no cure, and only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) modestly extends survival.
(more pictures from event in photo gallery)
An email of appreciation:
Coach Courtmarche and Los Al Basketball Team,
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for coming to the ALS Walk Saturday held at the Irvine Park. ALS is a disease that is the grandfather of all muscular ailments. We believe finding a cure for this illness will help MDA, MS and other muscular problems.
The walks goal was to bring awareness as well as to raise money. Your contribution helped the organization surpass its goal raising over $300,000 dollars.
We hope that the players understand their roles may have been minor but helped to fuel the success. Also please let them know that they not only helped Carolyn, a Los Al graduate but showed my son Corey a current student that we are not alone in this fight.
You, the team and their parents should be very proud.
Carolyn Castellanos and Family