JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – ALS is a disorder that affects the function of nerves and muscles and tends to strike people between the age of 40 and 70.
Saturday morning, hundreds in the Jacksonville-area community did what they could to strike back at ALS by taking part in the ALS Parade of Hope, which took the place of the annual Walk to Defeat ALS this year.
“It’s a terrible disease to watch someone wither away the way it does because they literally suffocate, and it was awful to experience, so we come out here every year to advocate to make sure people know what ALS is about and to raise money to help people who are currently going through that condition,” said Kelly Sundberg, who participated Saturday with Larry’s Leprechauns.
Sunberg was with her family honoring her father, Larry, who was diagnosed in 2014 with the disease and passed a year later at the age of 72.
“It’s huge to have that kind of support and to be able to support people and to be a part of it and to help people who need the help,” said Sunberg.
Sunberg said her father was a huge Notre Dame fan, so the Larry’s Leprechauns team name is to honor both him and the Fighting Irish.
“He fought really hard, so we’re all Larry’s Leprechauns,” she said.