HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) — Monday’s hometown heroes went the distance for people living with a debilitating disease. They took part in Saturday’s Walk to Defeat ALS at Hershey Middle School.

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive disease of the nervous system that does not yet have a cure. Over time, people with ALS lose their ability to walk, talk, eat, and breathe.

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Members of the abc27 team walked in honor of former abc27 reporter and anchor Mike Ross, who passed away from the disease in 2006.

Walkers raised nearly $150,000 for the ALS Association.