BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Hundreds of people were walking in Delaware Park Saturdaymorning to help defeat ALS, a disease that has touched the Channel4 family personally this year.
He's a beloved friend and a former Channel 4 colleague, BrianBeyer is also one of 30,000 Americans battling Lou Gehrig'sDisease, or ALS.
Beyer said, "I thought the best way I could describe it was it'sbecoming paralyzed a little bit more everyday."
A fall Friday night left Brian unable to walk, but at DelawarePark Saturday morning, a team of family and friends was walking forhim.
Brian's wife and event co-chair, Christa Beyer added, "We knewwe were starting this journey together and like any journey it hasit ups and downs and detours and bumps along the way."
Roy Schrodt who is Beyer's friend and a News 4 employee said "Tosee something like this cut his career short, and of course hislongevity in life, it's just a terrible tragedy, and you just can'tnot come."
Al Vaughters added, "Every time we need something in thenewsroom, something mechanical, something electronic, Brian isalways there. He's always been there. It's actually an honor and apleasure for me to come out here today and sweat a little bit onbehalf of Brian and the ALS association."
The Association holds this Walk to Defeat ALS annually to raisemoney and awareness for the debilitating and ultimately fatalneuromuscular disorder.
"The neurons, or the things that fire your muscles no long workand eventually your muscles will atrophy and die," said ChristaBeyer.
There is no known cause or cure for ALS. While much of the moneyraised at this walk will go to research, some will also go to localpatients services. The average cost of care for one ALS patient cancost up to a quarter million dollars a year.
Executive Directory of the ALS Association, Katharine Loomissaid, "One of the big things is our equipment loan closet, so ifsomething isn't provided by insurance, whether it's anything from awalker or some sort of assistant device, to power wheelchairs, weprovide for people. So it's important we can do this. "
Each and every one of the nearly 500 participants is walking fora loved one, and walking for a cure, so other families will one daynever have to go on their tragic journey.
Jamie Panek who lost his father to ALS said, "There's manygroups here and we're all just one big family trying to find acure."
Beyer says being the chair of the ALS Walk was a privilege forhim.
"Thanks to all those who came to walk. All those people on teamBRBman, especially to my friends, and to my wonderful wife," saidBeyer.
And in the time he has left, Brian has made it his mission tohelp others.
Beyer said, "I've actually become part of two different clinicaltrials for research into ALS. Hopefully this research will go on,and will help other people in the future. Not only for myself, buteveryone else."
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