By Wayne Allen
The Strictly Alphas support group, is hosting a Portsmouth River Walk on Saturday, Oct. 24. The goal of the walk is to raise awareness about the condition and what’s available locally for support.
According to information from the Alpha-1 Foundation, Alpha-1 Antitypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1) is a hereditary condition that is passed on from parents to their children through genes. This condition may result in serious lung disease in adults and/or liver disease in infants, children and adults.
The Portsmouth River Walk will take place Oct. 24 at the Portsmouth Welcome Center, 342 2nd Street in Portsmouth.
“Saturday is the very first walk to raise awareness for Alpha-1 Antitypsin Deficiency. We have an online page through the (Alpha-1) foundation, where people can contribute. The people in the community who know about Alpha-1 and have Alpha-1 are going to be there,” Jesse Strickland said of Strickly Alphas.
Registration for the walk starts at 9 a.m. registration, also at this time will be a Chinese auction and music. Music will feature Steve Free and the Faith Gospel Band.
The walk begins at 11 a.m. Registration is $25 and includes a walk t-shirt and a snack.
Registrations can be completed at BFCVirtualWalk2015.kintera.org stricklyalphas and click on” Strickly Alphas”.
Strickland said it’s the expectation of the group to make the walk a yearly event.
For more information about the walk Angela McBride at (877) 228-7321 or [email protected] More information about the Strickly Alphas Group, call team leader Amanda Holsinger at 740-858-0405 or email [email protected]
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT