Event 100 years in the making begins day by taking steps to defeat disease

The last day of a centennial celebration in Rockland started out with a Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday.

Organizers said the walk takes advantage of Rockland’s beautiful bike trails.

The walk raises awareness about the neauro-degenerative disease and raises funds for ALS research and an ALS support group that meets in La Crosse.

One facilitator with the support group, Carolyn Herman, had a son who died from ALS. She started the Rockland ALS Walk with her daughter four years ago in his memory.

“Families are really stretched to the max with a disease like this. It isn’t just the person that’s afflicted. Our support group can reach out to anybody: families, friends, anybody’s welcome to come,” said Herman.

The support group meets the second Saturday of every month at Gundersen Health System.

Rockland’s centennial continued with live music and youth kickball at 6:00 p.m. and a fireworks show at 10:00 p.m.

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