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ECU's pitcher #29 throws the ball to first hoping to out Campbell during their game which was held at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013.   (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

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ECU's pitcher #29 throws the ball to first hoping to out Campbell during their game which was held at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

Editorial: Honor LeClair, fight ALS

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In a strictly clinical sense, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control muscle movement, leading to tremors, weakness and ultimately the inability to use the arms, legs and other parts of the body. For those intimately familiar with the disease, seeing a friend or loved one suffer through its debilitating effects is akin to a nightmare.

This community knows all too well the devastation ALS brings to a body having seen former East Carolina University baseball coach Keith LeClair battle the disease for five years before his death in 2006. His quiet grace and remarkable strength remain an inspiration, and this weekend’s baseball tournament intends to celebrate that spirit and highlight the critical need for funding of ALS research.

The surest sign of Spring’s impending arrival here can be found along Charles Boulevard in Greenville. There, year after year, thousands of East Carolina fans gather to celebrate the start of the baseball season. They fill the stands at Clark-LeClair Stadium, populate the often rowdy Jungle beyond the outfield walls and dream of finally capturing a bid to the College World Series, a goal that has thus far eluded the Pirates.

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Walk to Defeat ALS Saturday April 6th

The Jim "Catfish" Hunter chapter of the ALS Association will be hosting the 2013 Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday April 6th. The event will be held at Alice Keene Park on County Home Road. Registration starts at 9:00 am and the walk starts at 10:00. We will have food, music, and entertainment all in an effort to raise funds to one day find a cure for this terrible disease. To learn more or to donate visit the walk website: http://web.alsa.org/site/TR?fr_id=8857&pg=entry

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