In October, Oskey friends and family will be walking for the 6th year in the Walk to Defeat ALS! As many of you know, Dandy Oskey, was diagnosed with ALS back in 2011. Unfortunately, he passed away in May 2017 before a cure was discovered – but that does not mean we stop fighting for one. The Ice Bucket Challenge has helped to put ALS on the map and gave some funding to aid in research, but there is still a long way to go – as there are still no successful treatments or cures for this terminal illness.
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.