Thank you for helping me reach my Walk to Defeat ALS® fundraising goal! There are two types of people when faced with a threat: those that run and hide, and those that stand and fight. My mother, Dr. Shelly Hoover, is a fighter! Though her health may be failing her, i know that her friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, and peers will not. Please consider walking with her or sponsoring her in the Walk to Defeat ALS®. With your help, we will be able to make a difference not only in her life, but in the lives of all the people affected by this disease. I encourage you get your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers involved!
Why We Need You
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.
My Mother's Story
My mother is strong, independent, determined, positive, and encouraging. This has been apparent her entire life according to the stories i have heard. She started working at the age of thirteen, nine if you count the paper route. She took off for the Navy at the young age of 17, after graduating early, because she knew there was more to life than what a small town could offer. It was in the Navy that she met the love of her life, my father. Fast forward a few years and they were married, living in Illinois, and had a son, David. Of course my mother is an over achiever, so she also had her Masters Degree by the time David was one. Shortly after, my parents settled their roots in California and then along came me! My mother lived a healthy, happy, engaged life during our childhood. She homeschooled us for awhile and then she decided it was time for her to follow her dream, to work in education! In ten short years she went from being my 4th grade substitute teacher, to having her Doctorate in Education. She is currently working as the principle at Glen Edwards Middle School in Lincoln; a position that she personally strived for since we moved into Lincoln. I used to laugh quietly to myself when i would hear people tell my mom how "lucky" she was to be so succesful. To me, my mom is an example of what hard work, determination, and sacrifice could get you in life. Now i see that she was lucky! She had the ablilty, mobility, support, and strength to achieve all of those things! She is lucky that she was able to achieve all of those things before life became a lot harder. She is still lucky and blessed in so many aspects of her life! As i mentioned earlier, my mom is a fighter! We are not looking at our situation as a death sentence, but as a reason to enjoy every moment! Through it all God will be glorified! Help my mom and the many others fighting with ALS by sponsoring her or walking with her in the Walk to Defeat ALS®!