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ATKINS, Ark. (April 23, 2012) -- The town of Atkins is coming together to support a member of their community diagnosed with a devastating disease.

Atkins High School alum Jennifer Holley was diagnosed more than a year agowith ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. In support of Jennifer, the town she calls homeis holdingthe 2nd annualALS Awareness 5K Run/Walk.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (abbreviated ALS) is a form of motor neuron disease caused by the degeneration of neurons located in the ventral horn of the spinal cord and the cortical neurons that provide their afferent input.

"[Jennifer] couldn't lift her left big toe and now is in a wheelchair," saysher sister Leslie. "[Her disease]is moving very quickly so we have a mission to find a cure.

Last yearthe raceraised $7,800 with the help of supporters and the community. They are looking to exceed that this year.

The 5K run/walk will be this Saturday,April 28at the Lemley Football Field at9 a.m. You can pick up an application for registration at the Atkins Middle School office or online.

Participants can also sign up the day of the event. Registration begins at 7:30. The cost is $20 for the 5K and $8 for a kid's fun run.

Event organizer Becky Keastersays that this a personal mission for the entire community of Atkins and losing is not an option.

All proceeds from the event will go towards ALS research.

(Source: Atkins Middle School)

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