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Texoma Woman On A Mission To Fight Against ALS


DENISON, TX- A Texoma woman is on a mission raising awareness for Lou Gehrig's Disease also known as ALS. For her the fight for a cure is personal.

Julie Jones made a promise to her aunt she'd do what she could to find a cure for ALS. Jones aunt passed away from the disease six years ago.

"My aunt Sharon Teel had ALS. Unfortunately from the time she was diagnosed she was gone in seven months," said Jones.

Five other members of Jones family have also died from the disease. ALS is a nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts a person's physical functions. Something Jones has watched progress one too many times.

"It's something that you don't want to watch. It's very tough to watch someone you love one day can't just walk. The next day they can't use their hands or one day they get up and they can't breathe," said Jones.

Two big events in October to raise awareness and funds towards finding a cure are in the works. On Wednesday wrestlers are teaming up to "Fight for a Cure."

" ALS patients every day, they're fighting. They're fighting to take their next breath, their next step every day. So I thought why not lets fight with them," said Jones.

And later in the month just south of Texoma  is the annual ALS walk. Eight ALS walks will take place in the state of Texas, all efforting the same mission.

"The mission is to create a world without ALS," said Kristin McLaughlin with the ALS Association.  

The ALS Association of Texas says it's important for others to know about the disease and hope that this month people will join the fight to end the devastating disease.

"We really manage the whole disease and try to manage it from holistic prospective so that we can find a treatment, cause and cure," said McLaughlin.

"It could be you. It could be someone you love. Get involved. Donate. Come to our walks see what it's about," said Jones.

The "Fight for a Cure" event is being held Wednesday October 12th at 7:30 p.m. at the Sanctuary in McKinney. That's located at 6633 Virginia Parkway in Suite 102. General admission tickets are $15. Ringside tickets are $25.

The ALS walk is at 10 a.m. Saturday the 29th in Addison, Texas.

For more information on the events and to purchase tickets ahead of time, click the links below.