As most of you know, I lost my father, Glenn Petry, to this horrible disease. In 2019, The ALS Association of Greater New York will be hosting its annual Walk to Defeat ALS event at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on September 21st. My father and I, along with our families and close friends participated in this walk back in 2014 and the turnout and the money raised was something that really touched my father's heart. In his final months he repeatedly told me how if there was any silver lining to being diagnosed with ALS it was that he was able to see and hear just how many people loved him, cared for him, and supported him while he was still with us. He stressed to me that participating in this walk was extremely important to him although he barely had the strength to do it himself. I promised him that that I would always continue to honor his memory and participate in this walk every year, even if he could not. I am asking all of you to please come out and honor his memory by making a contribution and walking with me on September 21st. It is something that would mean a lot to him and our family. I really appreciate all the support and look forward to seeing everyone on Walk Day!
Thank you for helping us reach our fund raising goal! Together we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Our team is committed to raising money to support people in our community with ALS and spread awareness of the urgency to find treatment and a cure. Please consider joining our team in the Walk to Defeat ALS® or choose a team member from the list and donate to our cause.
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.