Team Gracie, In Memory of Gracie Sanchez, diagnosed with ALS March 2018 Thank you for helping me reach my Walk to Defeat ALS fundraising goal! I am walking in the Central Valley walk (fresno) in memory of my mom Gracie Sanchez, who lost her battle with ALS May 10, 2018. Gracie left behind three daughters Maria Elena, Anastacia and Nickki and her 5 corazones, her grandchildren Jasmine, Elizabeth, Jose, Jesus and Christina. My mom was a beautiful person on the outside and inside. During her 21 years of service to Parlier Unified School District she made a difference in the lives of many students, co workers and friends. I remember the late nights she would spend in the office when she worked at the school resource center working on the final touches for events like health fairs, thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for the community. She had an influence in many of the projects/grants that came out of the resource center including the daycare center for teen moms at the high school. And at her time at the High school campus she took charge of the Sober Grad Night for seniors and got the students involved again. I especially remember all the times she stood up at board meetings and fought for anyone who was being wronged it could’ve been students or her fellow co workers whom she fought for as CSEA President for some time. She loved to be involved with the students and help in any way that she could. She was a leader,a role model, my role model whose courage I wish to attain in my lifetime. As far as we can remember my mom had symptoms for 3 years, but it wasn’t until 2017 when her health declined rapidly after 2 surgeries on her back that were thought to be the cure to the weakness she was having. In February 2018 after convincing my stubborn mother to go into the ER with stoke like symptoms and after a month in the hospital we were given the devastating news my mom was diagnosed with ALS March 2, 2018. Prior to the official diagnosis my mom was having an MRI test done with mild sedation because of complications the test was not completed and she didn’t come out of sedation on her own so we made the decision to have her intubated then unfortunately after diagnosis we learned the ventilator would not be coming off and that was going to be our life with ALS. Even though my mom has passed and we lost her to this horrible disease we chose to walk and raise awareness because more research has to be done we need to find a cure so that no other family has to go through what we have been through in just 4 months. Research needs to be done the MRI test is a prime example after they attempted that test her lung diaphragm became paralyzed. Why? Why does this disease come on full force after procedures? We need to take steps toward finding answers. Please join our team #TEAM GRACIE or if your unable to make it to walk, donations and spreading the word is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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!