October 4, 2019


ALS, also known as Lou Gerhig’s disease, is diagnosed in over 5,000 people each year. The debilitating disease affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. While there is no cure, the ALS Association puts on events like the annual Walk to Defeat ALS to raise money for research.

Western States proudly sponsored the Band of Tallies team at the Boise Walk to Defeat ALS on September 21.

“Last year was a record year with $44,000 raised all totaled,” said Meridian truck service foreman Ronnie Tipton, who was responsible for organizing Western State’s sponsorship for the event. This year, the event raised almost $60,000.The Band of Tallies alone raised $26,000 to help find a cure.

Western States also provided a water station at the event, which was a huge success.

‘We brought 360 bottles of water, and we ran out,” Tipton said, “that’s a great problem to have at an event like this.”

To get involved with the Walk for ALS with Western States next year, reach out to the Evergreen Chapter of the ALS Association, or get in touch with Ronnie Tipton.

“We could use everybody’s help that would like to participate,” he said.

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