More Than 200 Walk for ALS 

An estimated 5,000 people are diagnosed with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Every year we’ve been following one of those people, Jim Kingsbury.On Saturday morning, Jim, his wife Lisa and more than two hundred people walked to defeat ALS at Hayford Park in Bangor.Three years ago, the Walk for ALS was just an idea for Lisa Kingsbury. She wanted to help raise awareness and money for those diagnosed with a disease her husband has been battling.”This has just gone so much better than I have ever imagined.”That simple idea turned strangers into family. Sixteen teams raised money for ALS research, each team honored a person diagnosed with the disease.”it’s just overwhelming it’s just been a phenomenal experience I’m so glad we have a wonderful support system in place and we’re just thankful that has come and supported us,” Lisa said.For Bee Ericson, the ALS walk is a family affair.Dressed head to toe in pink, she walks for her brother, who has been battling the disease for over a year.”Because of his attitude and the way he is, he has helped all of us he’s done so well,” she said.Like Kingsbury, she was inspired to take action and reach out to others whose struggle she knows all too well.”It’s a great feeling, it helps you as a human being to reach out and help.”