Mother and son walk take part in ALS walk for memere

An Espanola woman and her son will walk in memory of a close family member who recently passed away from ALS.

Melanie Poirier says she and her son, Thomas Haarmeyer, will walk in memory of her mother Rita Poirier who died April 5th following a five-year battle with the disease.

According to, “ALS is a disease that gradually paralyzes people because the brain is no longer able to communicate with the muscles of the body that we are typically able to move at will.”

Melanie says it is a devastating disease that impacts the whole family by taking away every ability to take care of even your most basic needs.

She says this is the third year she will participate in the walk with people doing their own walk in their own communities due to COVID-19.

Anyone wishing to support her efforts by making a pledge are asked to visit the link below.

For general information about ALS and the fundraiser, visit

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