Walk to Defeat ALS

  • Address:
    1701 Coyote Point Dr.
    San Mateo, CA 94401
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Price: See website

The ALS Association Golden West Chapter proudly announces the 20th Annual Silicon Valley Walk to Defeat ALS® on October 5, at 1701 Coyote Point Dr., in the heart of San Mateo.

The Silicon Valley Walk to Defeat ALS is an annual fall event and honoring those affected by ALS.  The walk brings together a diverse and powerful population with an outpouring of support in what is the largest annual gathering of the ALS community in the South Bay. This event is FREE to register but fundraising highly encouraged.

We are proud to announce famed 49’ers Gold Rush Cheerleaders have donated their time and will join us with pre-walk Autographs, Pictures, and a routine during the program. Participants will are invited to join in the family-friendly morning of celebration, exercise, awareness, entertainment, food and of course, kid’s fun! Lunch will be provided by Par3 Restaurant.

**Special announcement:  We are very excited to share that this year, the walk will allow dogs (dogs must be on a leash). In honor of this news, we will be presenting a “best dog costume” contest. Get your outfits ready!

Walk registration opens at 11:00 am, followed by an opening ceremony at 12:15 pm and the walk starts at 1:00 pm. The 3-mile walk starts and ends at Coyote Point Drive, wrapping around and through Coyote Point Recreation Area. There will be a shorter walk, just under 1 mile along the shoreline. This special event is open to the public and all funds raised support the interdependent mission priorities of The ALS Association Golden West Chapter in Care Services, Public Policy, and Research.

About ALS and The ALS Association Golden West Chapter:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a fatal, neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.  ALS is not contagious and does not discriminate – it affects men and women of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic communities around the world. For unknown reasons, military veterans are diagnosed with ALS nearly twice as often as the general population.  People with ALS lose their ability to move, speak, swallow, and eventually the ability to breathe, while all five senses typically continue to function normally. The average life expectancy of a person with ALS is two to five years from diagnosis. Currently, there are only two drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ALS, which only extend life by a few months.  At this time, there is no known cure.

The mission of The ALS Association Golden West Chapter is to discover effective treatments and cures for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest. Our vision is to create a world without ALS. The Golden West Chapter serves people with ALS and their families in 31 counties throughout California and in the state of Hawaii. Everything we do advances the search for effective treatments and cures for ALS.  The Chapter is partnered with and supports over 22 multidisciplinary ALS centers and clinics, including satellite clinics held in Modesto, Monterey, and Santa Rosa.  We provide compassionate care services to families facing ALS - free of charge - which include professional, regional care managers to help individuals and families access the best information, resources, equipment, and experts to maintain and maximize health, independence, communication, mobility, safety, and quality of life. We also offer support groups throughout our service area which provide practical solutions for everyday challenges and connect with others who are living with ALS.

For more information about ALS, or to register, fundraise for, or donate to the Silicon Valley Walk, please visit our website or  You can also contact Kim Lembo, Regional Director of Community Outreach, Northern California at (510) 251-2572 x 309 or