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Event in Battle Creek raises more than $2,000 for ALS research

Event in Battle Creek raises more than $2,000 for ALS research

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Dozens filled Battle Creek's C.O. Brown Stadium Friday night, in honor of one West Michigan family who lost one of their loved one to ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

The event raised more than $2,000 for ALS research.

Five siblings stood before a crowd at Friday's Amateur Baseball League World Series game to spread awareness about this very rare disease.

This past year has been a struggle that started with a life changing diagnosis.

One Battle Creek family can only wish striking out ALS was as straight forward as striking out a batter.

The disease took their mother's life earlier this year. And now, these five siblings stand together, hoping to make a difference.

"Seeing first hand the effects of ALS--Lou Gehrig's Disease. It's horrible and there have been no advances made since Lou Gehrig was diagnosed in 1939," said ALS activist Abbie Brennan.

Abbie watched her mother, Barb Newton, struggle to battle the disease for a little over a year.

"The patient loses something. They lose their ability to move their muscles, to speak or to eat. The basic things a person needs to do to live," she said.

And Friday night at C.O. Brown Stadium, she and her siblings announced more than two thousand dollars raised for ALS research.

It was a sobering moment for Joe Newton, just months after his mother passed away.

"It's shocking the stress that it puts on a family because there is so much care need and it's exhausting," he said.

There's no better place than out on the diamond for this family to help fight the disease that took one of America's greatest baseball players, and their mom.

"There's no effective treatment and it's 100 percent fatal. So we don't want to see anyone go through what we went through," Abbie said.

All of the proceeds from tonight's Amateur League World Series baseball game, including ticket and concession stand sales, will go toward ALS research within the ALS Association Michigan Chapter.

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