Aquesta Bank and Insurance services is hosting a competitive 5K (Run/Walk) to support research into ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The race, which will be held at 8:00 AM on Saturday, October 9 at the The Preserve at Robbins Park (8424 Robbins Crescent Drive) will be one of the first held on the new greenway connecting to Birkdale Village.
This year’s race is in honor of Dennis Coogle, a local businessman and owner of PostNet in Cornelius. Coogle was diagnosed with ALS two years ago, and is asking supporters to join him in his efforts to raise money for ALS research to help others suffering with the same disease.
Aquesta Bank, working with the ALS Therapy Development Institute, has taken the lead in this fundraising event. The community bank and Coogle’s friends are looking for area business sponsors, runners and walkers to help raise money for ALS research.
This 5K race will begin in the beautiful Preserve at Robbins Park in Cornelius, NC. The course begins on a packed dirt access road and travels along a paved greenway path along McDowell Creek. The adult entry fee is $15 prior to October 2, and $20 for registrations after that date.
Coogle has owned and operated PostNet in Jetton Village for 12 1/2 years. In a letter to friends, he explained that ALS, which stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
“ALS can strike anyone,” Coogle wrote. “Without warning, it happens to 15 people each day in the United States. This disease slowly takes away the ability to move, speak, swallow and, ultimately, breathe. Without funding (for research), this disease will continue to claim over 30,000 husbands, wives, sons and daughters. I am reaching out to our community to help raise awareness and funds to fight ALS.”
Coogle said he and his wife, Sherry, have been overwhelmed by the support they have already received. “It is now my turn to give back and help others struggling with this horrible disease,” Coogle wrote. “On behalf of my family and other families battling ALS, we hope you will consider joining us in our fight.”