As many of you know my brother Jeffrey Stuhl was diagnosed with ALS on May 10, 2016. This diagnosis has been devastating to Jeffrey and our family. He just turned 60 in February. In just a few months this horrible disease has robbed him of the ability to eat, speak, breathe on his own, his mobility and the ability to take care of himself.
Why I 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 though support is bringing researchers closer to an answer. In the mean time it costs 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.
I am reaching out to family and friends to join me in walking for my brother and all of those who have been diagnosed with this disease. There has been news this week of identifying a gene for ALS but not fast enough and the research must continue to find the cause and a cure.