Our Pop (also known as Jimmy) has always been our strength and hero. After years of leading an active healthy life, Pop was not initially alarmed when he began experiencing some fatigue and loss of strength. But when his speech began to change, he made an appointment to see his primary care physician. After a thorough examination the doctor came to two conclusions; either he had had a mild stroke, or worst case, ALS. After seeing a local neurologist and then being referred to an ALS specialist in Memphis, Tennessee, it was confirmed that our Pop had ALS.
Needless to say, we were all devastated, but determined to continue supporting him in leading as full a life as this disease allowed. Our Mom and Pop continue to travel and spend time with the family as much as possible; however, Pop was forced to quit work in our family’s construction business. Pop was immediately prescribed an array of medications, vitamins, and supplements to help with his symptoms. Several months after his diagnosis, he was able to start Radicava infusions.
The disease has slowly progressed over the last year, but he is still able to do most things for himself. We know our journey has only begun and we are thankful for the many people who continue to help us along the way. Our fight is not over.
Thank you for your consideration to donate towards our fundraising goal! Together we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by ALS. Our team is committed to raising money to support people in our community with ALS and spread awareness of the urgency to find treatments 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
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.
That’s why we’re participating in the Walk to Defeat ALS. To bring hope. To raise awareness. To provide resources and services to families free of charge. To help unlock the mystery of ALS and find the key to treatments a cure. Will you join us?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) affects the motor neurons in a person's brain and spinal cord. When the motor neurons die, the muscles waste away. Gradually, a person is robbed of the ability to walk, speak, eat, and eventually breathe. All the while, the mind remains sharp. Upon diagnosis, doctors give ALS patients only two to five years to live.
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.
And that is why I'm walking - for those who can't. I'm walking to help The ALS Association fund vital care services programs in our community - including support groups, medical equipment loans, respite care, and specialist consultation. I'm walking to support cutting-edge research across the world in promising labs carefully selected by The ALS Association. I'm walking to be a voice for those living with ALS and their families on Capitol Hill by urging our representatives to support legislation and funding that enhances quality of life. I'm walking to join the movement for a cure.
... I'M WALKING FOR OUR POP!
Join our team to help us reach our goals and make that difference!