Thousands donated for ALS research

By Perry Russom

May 20, 2014 Updated May 21, 2014 at 6:11 AM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) ALS is a disease that affects some 30,000 people.

Half of those live at least three years after diagnoses.

In an effort to extend that timeline and potentially find a cure for the nerve cell disease, a local business is making a donation.

A check for $7,500 was given to The ALS Association today from Wash at Joe's Laser Wash.

The money will go toward funding research and equipment.

"It shows us that there is support and of course we're always looking to create awareness about ALS," said Kathy Lahey, executive director of The ALS Association of Upstate NY, the only ALS clinic outside New York City. "We serve the ALS population from Buffalo to Albany, from Binghamton to the north country."

The ALS Association will be having a Walk to Defeat ALS this summer in Ostiningo Park.

It's on August 9 at 11:00 am. Registration is at 10:00 am.

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