Something most of us take for granted every day — walking — could mean the difference between life and death for some of our friends and neighbors in the High Country and beyond.

Two upcoming fundraisers depend not only on the generosity, but the mobility of those taking part: a walk to benefit ALS research and awareness, and our annual Watauga County Relay for Life to combat cancer.

It’s not too early to plan on being part of both events.

The walk to bring awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is the first of its type in the High Country. The event is set for March 30, when the App State Walk to Defeat ALS will take place at the Leon Levine Building at 9 a.m. Those wishing to participate or donate should call (919) 390-0138.

Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser, happens locally a couple of months later, at 6 p.m. on June 14 at Watauga High School. To learn more about this event, call (828) 228-5807.

The odds are that someone you know is affected by or living with either cancer or ALS. Without significant and ongoing — and costly — research, the outlook can be dim.

With robust community support, events such as these can make all the difference.

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