Thank you for helping us reach our fund raising goal! Together we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Our team is committed to raising money to support people in our community with ALS and spread awareness of the urgency to find treatment and a cure. Please consider joining our team in the Walk to Defeat ALS® or choose a team member from the list and donate to our cause.
Why I Walk
After a valiant 10-year battle with ALS, my mother, Jody Susan (Wyman) Tancer, died on June 9, 2013. My mother was a truly exceptional woman whose resilience inspired those around her. Her mind stayed sharp, even as her body failed. Despite being confined to a wheelchair and hardly able to move, she continued to play bridge, read, and watch her favorite shows. It was painful to see the toll this disease took on her as she became completely dependent on those around her. I hope that you will consider making a small donation to the ALS Association in her memory to fund research and provide assistance to those currently suffering with this terrible disease.
We are excited to participate again in the walk this year in honor of my mother. My daughter Julianne, who is turning three, will be participating in her third walk, and her baby brother Nathan will be there for his first. While it saddens me that Julianne and Nathan will never know her, we are proud that they will be honoring their grandma Jody by participating in the Walk to Defeat ALS.
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 yet it still costs loved ones an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need. Help make a difference and donate or join a walk today.