Temple: Lions Park raises awareness to canine ALS

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, can be a horrible disease with devastating effects on families.

Dogs can generate the disease too. It is known as Degenerative Myelopathy or DM.

For people like Tauni Beckmann, it's how she lost her first dog, KC.

"I was devastated," she said. "This disease is very misunderstood and diagnosed."

After starting a #ShadeOutDM on social media, calling for others to raise awareness, it went viral.

"I had random people calling from Europe asking me about it," she said.

So, on Friday night, she and her team held a special corgi meet and greet at Lions Park in Temple. The goal was to raise awareness throughout Central Texas. From glow in the dark shoes to hot pizza for everyone, the event was a success.

Becmann says that after losing KC, she's never stopped fighting to keep her memory alive.

"It's necessary," she said, "It's time for the dogs to not have to take this journey if we can prevent it."

Saturday, there will be a special 5K marathon at the same location. If you're interested in registering or finding out more information, you can visit the link on the right hand side of this page.