As most of you know, I was diagnosed last September with ALS. This disease has already had a dramatic impact on my life; both good and bad. It has helped me realize, now more than ever, what a truly blessed life I have. I've met, worked with, and been close to so many fantastic people, and proud to have such great family and friends. It is hard to describe how much this means to me. As for the bad, almost weekly, I deal with loss of motor function and the ability to be independent. For that reason, I am working to raise as much money as I can to support the ALS Association. They have helped me personally prepare for the progression of the disease, as they do for everyone stricken with ALS along with support for our families. In addition to the personal support, the ALS Association uses your tax deductible contributions to fund research to find a cure.
Thank you for helping me reach my Walk to Defeat ALS® fundraising goal! This is an exciting opportunity for us to work together to support those affected by ALS and to spread awareness of the urgency to find treatments and a cure.
The past two years have brought incredible advancements in ALS research, expanded access to care for people living with ALS, and enabled legislation that impacts the quality of life of people with ALS and their families. WE CAN'T STOP NOW!
Please consider walking with me or sponsoring me. 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
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 a person with ALS 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.
ALS can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease, though support is bringing researchers closer to an answer. In the meantime it costs an average of $250,000 a year to provide the care people living with ALS and their families need. Join the movement to bring help and hope today!
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