Joshua Mack was diagnosed with Familial ALS in 2008 he passed away in November at the age of 27 after an intense 7 month struggle with ALS. We have been walking since 2008 to raise awareness for this horrible disease so that if anyone else in our family gets disagnosed that there will be advancements in the research to help out any person who is diagnosed. Joshua has a daughter, Brookelyn who was three at the time our picture was taken. During Joshua's battle, our community really pulled together and showed a lot of support, we held multiple car washes, silent auctions, bumper stickers and bracelets were made with the slogan, "NEVER GIVE UP" and there was even a community garage sale to help out with medical costs.
Joshua is not the only person in our family who has lost their battle to ALS, his mother, Fawnette Mack, also lost her battle to ALS in 1999. In March of 1998 they discovered that Fawnette was a carrier for the FALS gene. Her diagnosis was made in December of 1998. Fawnette tried telling the doctors to test her for it, but it took them a long time to do so because ALS is more predominant in men.
Joshua also lost his grandmother, Wanda Lou to ALS in 1979. Grandma didn't tell anyone that she had the disease until she ended up in the hospital. (I personally do not know all the details, what I do know is all I have been told)
Joshua just lost another aunt, Melody Felde, to this disease in April 2015 after being diagnosed in October 2014.
As you can see, this disease has affected Joshua's family for a lot of years. We walk to honor all of them, in hopes of finding a cure and to give the people still fighting hope and support.
In the words of Joshua Mack: "NEVER GIVE UP"
Why We Need Your Help
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
ALS can strike anyone. Presently there is no known
cause of the disease, yet it still costs loved ones an average of
$250,000 a year to provide the care people living with ALS and their families need. Join the movement to provide help and hope today!