The Caterpillar North Carolina team and local dealer Gregory Poole Equipment Company (GPEC) had another successful fundraising year for the Walk to Defeat ALS. The local Caterpillar team raised a total of $30,810 and was named the top fundraising team by the Triangle ALS Association. This, combined with sponsorship and donations from GPEC, totaled more than $49,000.
More than 150 Caterpillar and GPEC employees and their family members came out to walk on in April in downtown Raleigh, joining thousands of others to raise money and support those diagnosed with ALS.
Ed Rapp, former Caterpillar Group President, was happy to see his Caterpillar family supporting him once again. Ed was diagnosed with ALS in 2015 and has since dedicated his life to raising money to find a cure for the disease. Ed kicked off the Walk by addressing the Caterpillar and GPEC teams expressing his appreciation for the continued commitment to this cause. He said that coming to the walk each year feels like a family reunion, and he is looking forward to seeing everyone again next year.
The ALS Association (National Office and North Carolina Chapter) operates under a shared mission: To discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest. There is no cure for ALS, and the physical decline of patients often takes a toll on families and care providers. Money raised at the Walk helps support the care of local residents diagnosed with ALS and goes toward research to find a cure.
ABC 11 interviewed Ed and other participants. You can watch the story here: https://abc11.com/community-events/patients-families-reflect-during-2019-als-walk-in-raleigh/5262691/