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PEPPERELL — Each year, more than 100,000 people join together to raise funds in support of The ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Association’s cutting-edge research and community-based patient services programs.

This September, Pepperell is hosting its third ALS Walk. As a local event, we hope to honor any community members or loved ones who have suffered from ALS. Can a small town make much of a difference? We had 60 walkers take part our first year, and 78 walkers signed up last year. We raised more than $3,800 in 2009 and more than $4,800 in 2010. Wouldn’t it be a great accomplishment for Pepperell to have 100 walkers this year and write a check to the MA state chapter for $5,000!

The walk is a family-friendly 3-mile loop that crosses Pepperell’s newly renovated covered bridge. It is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Sept.17, rain or shine. It will begin and end at the Community Church, 3 Townsend St. Check-in begins at 2 p.m., when walkers can submit their donations. The walk itself will begin at 3. All are invited afterwards to join our rain-or-shine barbecue on the church grounds. We are grateful to Bailey’s Bar and Grille, 18 Main St., in Townsend for donating all foodstuff for the barbecue, and to Rich Douglas and the Pepperell Lions Club for donating the grill.

Please consider taking part in the walk, sponsoring a walker or contributing towards the barbecue. You may download a registration form from the church web site, www.pepperellchurch.org/, pick one up in the vestry at the Community Church, or at various local businesses. We ask that any participants under the age of 12 have an adult chaperone.

Get your sponsors lined up! Please make checks out to The ALS Association – MA Chapter. Registration forms will be accepted along with all funds raised on the day of the walk. Contact Georgette Rogers (978-433-8182) or Faun MacDonald (1-978-758-1884) with any questions or offers of help.

Thank you for supporting this very worthwhile cause!

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