This is our family's fifteenth year participating in the Long Island Walk to Defeat ALS.
My father, Sheldon Katz, was diagnosed with ALS in 1982. He died in 2004, and he participated in 2 of the LI walks along with our family and friends. All of us wish that these Walks weren't necessary - that there was an effective treatment or cure for ALS. But unfortunately there isn't, so we raise money for research and to help patients with ALS and their families.
My father lived his life to the fullest in spite of this terrible illness. In many ways I think he felt like Lou Gehrig when he said he was the luckiest man on the face of the earth. Our goal is to raise awareness about ALS, and to raise as much money as possible to help fund research to find a cure for Lou Gehrig's Disease.
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.