Local Teens Come Together for Cause, Raise Awareness About Disease

West Virginia

A nice summer day filled with hotdogs,  freshly cleaned cars, and baked goods – all in the hopes of helping 

Teen members at a local church in our region have come together with a fundraiser to support one of their own, and raise awareness about a little-known disease that affects thousands.

Teens at the Elk River Church of the Nazarene in northern Kanawha County provided a benefit for church member Beth Guthrie.

Guthrie was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease this past spring.

ALS is a disorder that affects the function of nerves and muscles in the body and affects as many as twenty thousand Americans.

For more information about ALS and its symptoms, check out the ALS’s website here.

“The teen department actually came forward and said they wanted to do something for my mom, and so they asked if they could do a car wash, and we said yeah! We’d love that”, says Beth’s daughter, Kaylee.

The teens are turning a difficult situation into an event that brings the local community together to help one of their own.

“We are doing this to raise some support and awaremess for ALS, and working toward giving her (Beth) some funds to help in transportation and many needs that they will have in the days ahead”, remarked Pastor Randy Ledsome.

“She’s such a nice lady, and it’s good to give back to the community, and to give back to her for everything she’s done for our church and for my family”, responded Carley Browning, teen member for the Elk River Church of the Nazarine.

For the teenagers involved, it hits close to home, but they are glad to help support one of their own.

“I like to give back to the community, and especially it hits hard when it is somebody that you know, so helping any way that I can is really nice”, said Carley.

The family and friends of Beth hope to organize a walk in the capitol city soon.

“We’re working on trying to organize a walk to create more awareness for ALS research because unfortunately at this time, there really isn’t a walk in Charleston for ALS, so we’re working with the association to try and organize something hopefully in the near future”, says Kaylee.

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You can contact the local chapter for ALS by contacting Sara Hoten of the ALS Association by either calling her at (800) 941-8140, or by emailing her at shoten@alsa-national.org

Working for you in northern Kanawha County, I’m Joe Fitzwater for 13 News.

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