On Wednesday, July 22, I'll walk at Walk to Defeat ALS®, in memory of my mom, who passed away almost six years ago on April 26, 2014, after 4+ years of living with ALS. As long as there is no cure for ALS, it will remain a cause for which I will use my voice because ALS took away my mom's ability to use hers.
Please honor my mom and join me in walking, donating or at least taking a moment to understand what ALS is, why it's so awful and why we need to do better for those diagnosed and their families. That you've read this far, means so much already. You are one person more whose awareness gives us the hope that one day, families will never know the hopelessness, uncertainty and struggle that an ALS diagnosis brings.
Thank you for the generosity of your heart and for thinking of my mom. With your help, we will be able to make a difference in the lives of people affected by this disease.
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.