Omaha Walk To Defeat ALS

We've all seen the viral videos on social media of the ice bucket challenges, but on Saturday a few hundred Nebraskans took on a new kind of challenge to stomp out ALS.

Teams from all around the metro met at Werner Park for the annual "Walk to Defeat ALS." The goal was to raise money for ALS awareness and research.

Chris Tonniges and his family walked in honor of his father, Dr. Tom.

"For me this is a way for me to celebrate my dad's life," Chris said.

As his family made their way along the path they made a few pit stops, to fix the speed of the wheel chair and to remember some of their friends who passed away from ALS.

But in the end, the whole crew completed the one mile walk with Dr. Tom leading the way.

"We're hoping that this is the beginning of what will be hopefully the last couple ALS walks from this point forward and what we're doing is just celebrating those people that didn't get a chance to have that cure for them," said Chris.

When registering for the walk, everyone was encouraged to make a donation in the name of a loved one or a team. At the end of the day, the walk raised over $201,000, shattering the goal of $140,000.

The walk also had an ice bucket challenge station set up for anyone to participate and challenge their friends. Maddie and Bridget were more than happy to take on the cold.

And it's kindness like theirs, and the overall sense of awareness, that brings tears to Chris' eyes.

"It's great to see the sheer number of people out here. You know things all kind of converged at once-- the ice bucket challenge and this happening at the same time has been phenomenal," he said.


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