My Grandfather.. my Poppy Fenza died in 1995 of ALS. My grandfather was loved by everyone. He cooked like no one else ever could. He was known for his amazing food he made at his luncheonette in Brooklyn . Everyone wanted to come to our family dinners. He served our country in Worlf War 2. Family was the most important to him always. I remember always going to him and my grandmas house on weekends with my siblings. He loved staying up late nights and i would sneak out of bed to go downstairs and watch tv with him while he wold make me anything I wanted. He died very young at just 73. He was diagnosed with ALS. At that time there weren’t many cases and information out about this horrific disease. He was 6 ft 4 in. Tall, sticky, blonde, blue eyed 100% Italian American that In a few months of being diagnosed he was skin and bones and unrecognizable. He couldn’t speak, feed himself etc.. it all happened so quick it felt like overnight. He died so young too young. Since the day we found out his diagnosis the Fenza family has donated not just money but time to help find a cure. They have a gala every year at the Marriott Marquis that we have attended as guests and also donate all the cars for the guests. One year when NBC sportscaster that was at the event when he was speaking told my grandfathers story. We were all so honored. I know with Covid many are struggling but anything that you can donate to find a cure would be amazing. I am volunteering to help with the walk. If anyone wants to walk for our family or another’s please contact me so i can help get you registered. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE TO ANYONE WHO DONATES OR COMES TO THE WALK. With love, ~ The Fenza Family ~
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.