My dad, John Clarke, passed away from ALS on November 27th 2019. He was the strongest, toughest man I ever knew. He always told me never to give up on things when I was a little kid. Which means, even though he has passed, I will not give up and continue to fight in memory of him until we find a cure. Walk with us, knowing how hard he fought this horrible disease! Thank you for your support. So much love.
A message from my dad before he passed:
Hi everyone! My name is John Clarke, that is with an E on the end, which is Irish. I want to personally thank everyone of you for the donations for a tremendous cause. It will go a long way into finding a cure, which will hopefully be here soon! I was told I have ALS over three years ago. ALS takes away all of your motor skills and leaves you paralyzed and unable to speak. It takes away all your muscles including those that help you swallow and breathe. On average people diagnosed are given 2-5 years. It was a very difficult thing to accept, especially when I think about my kids, Hannah and Jack. They are my world. I am so proud of them and I consider myself the luckiest guy to have them and their mom in my life. When you are faced with something so devastating, it is easy yo say why me? but instead I choose why not me? I have been blessed in this life. Count the things that went right today. Too often we focus on what went wrong in our daily lives, but instead look at everything that went right, starting with, I woke up this morning and I am alive, then go from there. It is hard sometimes but try to focus on that, then listen to "Cool Change" by The Little River Band
Thank you for helping us reach 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 toDefeat ALS® or choose a team member from the list and donate to our cause.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
Every 90minutes 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?
Amyotrophiclateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease thatslowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. Thelife expectancy of a person with ALS averages 2 to 5 years from the time ofdiagnosis.
ALS canstrike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease, yet it stillcosts loved ones an average of $250,000 a year to provide the care peopleliving with ALS and their families need. Join the movement to provide help andhope today!