In March 2007 our family learned the devastating news that our sister, Susan Stalzer had been diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, named after the famous Yankee baseball player.
Sadly, Susan lost her valiant battle with ALS on Sunday, March 14, 2010, three years after being diagnosed. Although ALS changed Susan's life drastically, she handled the situation with perseverance, optimism and strength. Susan was one of the strongest people we know. She was the Strength of our family. Her Strength and kindness has helped each of us at some time or another to get through something. ALS robbed her body of physical strength. We became Susan's Strength. Because of our love for Susan, we are determined to defeat this terrible disease.
The ALS Association is not only commited to various research initiatives, but they also assist those touched by ALS with support groups and equipment loan program. This is an exciting opportunity for us to work together to support those affected by Lou Gehrig's Disease and to spread awareness of the urgency to find treatments and a cure.
This will be our 13th year walking for Susan and we'll be walking from wherever we live. Please consider sponsoring and/or walking "with" me. With your help, we will be able to make a difference in the lives of people affected by this disease. I encourage you get your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers involved!
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.