Community Involvement

With a Beautiful Fall Backdrop, NYSTECers Brave the Elements over the Hudson for a Good Cause

October 21, 2018. A few members of the NYC NYSTEC team and their families braved cooler temps and windy conditions to participate in the 10th Annual Walk to Defeat ALS Fundraiser at the Walkway Over the Hudson in Highland, NY. The charity walk attracted about 2,000 participants and started at 11 am following a brief family oriented ceremony that included dedications from local civic leaders, a performance dance, face painting, music, mascots, refreshments, and other fun & games.

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The Walk to Defeat ALS® is an outlet for communities across the nation to demonstrate their concern for and the urgent need to find the cure for ALS while providing the best care for those who are currently battling the disease.

As a direct result of the this year’s event and the first nine walks, critical services are now available in the Hudson Valley region to ALS patients (PALS) and their caregivers. Local services include a patient/nurse coordinator and a social worker who make home and hospital visits, coordinates with Hospice and holds monthly support meetings for PALS and their caregivers.