Welcome to Kay's Shining Stars West page. Our team, Kay's Shining Stars West, is named in memory of our friend Kay Metzger Groll, who lost her 6 year with ALS in August 2019. Kay was a warrior and an inspiration throughout her journey and will continue to inspire all her shining stars throughout our lives. Our west coast team is small, and this year will be participating in the walk virtually, but would welcome others joining us in spirit on October 24th.
In this challenging year, we really appreciate you considering a donation. Thank you for helping us reach our fund raising goal!
We are 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 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.