The BHPCNS community is joining together to walk to help defeat ALS. We walk in memory of Wimala Amerasinghe, one of our dearest long-time colleagues and friend. Mrs. Amerasinghe had the pleasure of teaching countless Bethesda preschoolers in the over 30 years she worked at BHPCNS. Tall, regal and with a quick wit, Mrs. Amerasinghe was an excellent teacher. She was forced to retire too soon because of ALS. The effects of this disease are savage and while she handled her illness with grace and dignity, it exacted a great toll on her and her family. Please donate or join our team to help other families afflicted by this terrible diagnosis.
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, 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!