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A note from Hal's wife and caregiver, Fran Finney:
On July 29, 2009, my husband Hal Finney and I started out on a 30 mile bike ride together, to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Hal was fatigued, and we had to shorten our ride. One week later, on August 5, 2009, our world was rocked when Hal was diagnosed with ALS. Hal lived valiantly with ALS for 5 more years, and passed away in August, 2014. It has been almost six years since Hal died and I feel his loss every day.
You can ask anyone who has encountered it and the answer will be the same, ALS is brutal. More than 80 years after famous baseball player Lou Gehrig made the world aware of this disease, there is still no known cause and no cure, not even a treatment to stop its unremitting progression. This year, on Sunday, May 17, 2020, I will be participating in The ALS Association Golden West Chapter's second annual SoCal Ride and Walk to Defeat ALS and Trail Run/Park Walk. I ride to honor Hal and for all those who are face ALS every single day. I ride to help find treatments and a cure and hope you will join us as we Never Give Up in Hal's honor.
To participate in the SoCal Ride to Defeat ALS and Trail Run/Walk with Team Hals Pals Fight ALS CLICK HERE!
What is ALS?
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.
Why We Need Your Help
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.
1. The average life expectancy of an ALS patient is two to five years from the time of diagnosis.
2. Every 90 minutes someone in this country is diagnosed with ALS, and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease.
3. ALS can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease. Someone you know or love may die from ALS unless a cure is found.
4. Caring for a loved one with ALS costs on average of $200,000 each year.