Help us raise money to find a cure for ALS!
|Event:||Washington, DC Walk|
|Date:||October 12, 2019|
We lost the most caring, kindhearted and amazing wife, mother, Grammy, sister, and friend to ALS on June 12, 2019. Debbie fought an extremely difficult battle in the most gracious way possible. Her trust in God never wavered even on her toughest days. As all of us know, the pain of losing a loved one to ALS is indescribable. Watching a person you love go from being a strong and healthy individual who is self-sufficient to watching them slowly lose their fine motor skills, speech, ability to swallow, and breath is devastating. This is why we need to continue to fight to find a cure for ALS in Debbie’s honor.
Debbie was formally diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease) on February 14, 2017. Needless to say, Valentine’s Day will never hold the same meaning it once did. Please click on Debbie Aitken in Team Roster to read her personal journey with ALS which was updated prior to the 2018 ALS walk.
Debbie had amazing support to fight this disease through the ALS Association -DC/MD/VA Chapter and the ALS Clinic at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington DC.
Debbie’s ALSTARS was formed in 2017 for the DC Walk to Defeat ALS as a way to fight back and to help the approximately 700 families supported by the ALS Association - DC/MD/VA Chapter with free care services and programs. A big thank you to each one of you who have donated and/or walked with the team the past 2 years! Your generosity was amazing, exceeding all expectations. But we cannot stop there!
Each year all across the U.S. the local Walk to Defeat ALS is a crucial source of funding for all the ALS Association Chapters to allow that Chapter to continue to provide all the following services:
- ALS Clinics – a multidisciplinary team of health care providers for patients to receive comprehensive treatment all in one day.
- Monthly Support groups for both people with ALS (pALS) and their caregivers.
- Equipment Loan Closet – provides access to medical equipment needed to make living with ALS easier.
- Assistive Technology – for those who lose the ability to speak, the Chapter provides communication devices and support.
- Support & Resources – everyone with ALS has a caseworker to guide them through the challenges of ALS.
This is an exciting opportunity for us to work together to support those affected by Lou Gehrig's Disease 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 ALS patients, and enabled legislation that impacts the quality of life of patients and their families. WE CAN'T STOP NOW!
Please consider walking with me or sponsoring a team member. 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
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 though support is bringing researchers closer to an answer. In the meantime it costs an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need. Help make a difference and donate or join the DC walk today.