Race Fundraiser for ALS

Hundreds of school district 203 students took their mark and got set to raise money for ALS research.

Students from the east side schools raced against those from the west side at their fifth annual Crosstown Classic, competing for the coveted golden shoe.

“We always get second place but Mill Street always gets first place so we wanted to beat Mill Street,” said Kaitlin Scamehorn, fourth grader at Ranch View Elementary School.

All proceeds from t-shirt and beverage sales benefit the Les Turner ALS Foundation of Chicago.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis causes motor neurons to lose functioning and eventually die, often leading to weakness in one limb, changes in speech, and unusual muscle twitches or spasms.

More commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, roughly 5,600 people are diagnosed with als each year.

“ALS causes paralysis and it also causes your muscles to stop working so you stop moving, breathing, talking [and] swallowing, and ultimately it is a terminal disease,” said Kim McIver, Director of Athletic Events for the Les Turner ALS Foundation.

This year’s race honors Meadow Glens P.E. teacher Chris Benyo and his wife, who was diagnosed with the disease shortly after they were married.

“The thing that gets me is the different people are making,” Benyo said. “You can’t even put it into works. I’m extremely touched.”

The event raised roughly $1,300.

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