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Saturday 5K run to honor Jeremy Williams, benefit Emory ALS Center

You don’t need an extreme makeover to prepare for Saturday’s Run for Jeremy 5K.

Organizers say it doesn’t matter if you run or walk — it’s the cause that counts.

Proceeds from the run/walk in Harris County benefit the Emory ALS Center in Atlanta.

The first-time event is held in honor of Jeremy Williams, the Greenville High School football coach whose Pine Mountain Valley family was featured on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

Williams has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and is treated at the Emory facility.

The incurable, fatal condition affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Williams’ son, Jacob, has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair. The Williams family also includes wife Jennifer and daughter Josie.

In February, crews from “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” gave the Williams family a new approximately 4,000-square-foot home.

The family will be at Saturday’s event, which also features food and music. The course will begin at Harris County High School and travel through Hamilton.

Not too keen on the 5K? You can make a donation online, or simply show up and voice your enthusiasm from the sidelines.

“These runners need people to cheer for them,” co-chair Laura Ann Sills said.

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