This is the fourth year I have participated in the Wichita ALS walk. This horrible disease has progressed to where I can no longer stand, transfer, dress or bathe myself. I can also no longer write and I need assistance eating. I use a bipap 24 hours a day to breathe. Thank goodness for my wonderful daughters, sisters and friends who help daily. I also get much needed assistance and equipment from the ALS Association.
Please consider walking with me or sponsoring me. With your help, we will be able to make a difference, and eventually find a cure for this horrid 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 mean time it costs 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.