Backpacking for bucks

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Backpacking for bucks

Durango women hiking 100 miles to fight against ALS

From left, Mary Gerodetti, Melinda Jameson, Molly Smith and Laurie Bates stand in front of Red Creek trail, northeast of Durango, after a recent hike. The women are training for a 100-mile backpack to raise money to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Jameson and Smith are sisters, and their mother had ALS.

To donate

Donations to the campaign of four Durango women who are raising funds to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis may be made online at www.alsaco.org by clicking on "Ways to Give," then "100 Miles for Elsie & ALS" and then "Support this Event." Checks can be written to 100 Miles for Elsie & ALS and sent to the First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. Ninth St., Durango, CO 81301.


A friend of the four women, Gloria Tarket, has made a 3-minute video about Elsie and ALS. It may be seen on the Web site above or on www.youtube.com by filling in the search terms.

Backpacking for bucks

From left, Mary Gerodetti, Melinda Jameson, Molly Smith and Laurie Bates stand in front of Red Creek trail, northeast of Durango, after a recent hike. The women are training for a 100-mile backpack to raise money to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Jameson and Smith are sisters, and their mother had ALS.

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