Cullen's Crusaders at the 2012 Walk to Defeat ALS®Event

Donating time is usually a grumbling situation for photographers, but not when it comes to a worthy cause like the Walk to Defeat ALS® events.

When Karen Wood's boss, Vinnie Cullen, was diagnosed with Bulbar ALS, Karen rallied together Vinnie's co-workers, friends and family to form "Cullen's Crusaders," whose main goal was to raise money in an effort to find a cure for ALS.

ALS, also known as "Lou Gehrig's disease, is a is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.*

In July 2012, Cullen's Crusader's, along with Vinnie Cullen, his friends and family, enjoyed a night on The Moon Chaser, a sunset cruise off Captree Boat Basin, Long Island. They later gathered again at Eisenhower Park on September 29 for the Walk to Defeat ALS. Because of the tireless efforts of Karen Wood and Cullen's Crusaders, they were able to raise over $111k.

The photo here is Karen Wood and her sister, Deanna Wood, as they start their walk in East Meadow during the Walk to Defeat ALS®.

(*Source: ALS Association)
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