Thank you for helping TEAM MIMI reach our Walk to Defeat ALS fundraising goal! As many of you know, ALS is a deeply personal issue for us.
In October 2009, Mimi ran her annual 5K Race for the Cure in honor of her 20 year survival of breast cancer. After the race, we noticed she was limping, and we all attributed it to muscle strain. In January 2010, she was diagnosed with ALS. She fought courageously, but her fight was brief. She passed away on July 10, 2010.
Why We Need Your Help
Often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.
Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
This crippling disease can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease yet it still costs loved ones an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need. Help make a difference and donate or join a walk today.