After nearly four years of living with and fighting ALS, Stacy ended his battle and went on to heaven where his body is healed, and he is an angel watching over us.
As I look back over the past four years, I think of all the fun moments we shared with Stacy - and I try not to think about the tough moments. Stacy fought such a good fight against this terrible disease, and he did it with a spirit that gave all of us hope of the future. The girls and I cherish each of the memories we created with him and know that he is with us in our hearts.
Stacy touched a lot of lives because he was loving, inspired, a believer, caring, intelligent, a hard worker, loyal, fun, honest, genuine, selfless, and joyous. Stacy's legacy lives on in our two beautiful, amazing daughters. For those that knew him these things will ring true:
He would always greet you with a smile that would light up his eyes and make you feel better for seeing him.
He had an infectious laugh that he was never afraid to share with you.
He always took time to offer a hand with a project and could tackle anything.
He would lend his ear when anyone needed it – he was a wonderful listener and could give guidance or set you straight.
He would tell you to count your blessings and to be proud and happy for what you have and what you have done.
We celebrated Stacy’s life in July with a beautiful celebration with music and stories, tears and laughter, and a whiskey toast to honor him.
This year the walk that we have all enjoyed gathering for over the past few years looks a lot different, but the cause is still the same and mission isn’t over yet. Stacy would want us to keep raising awareness, looking for a cure, and fighting the fight he can’t anymore. We won't walk as a group, but I encourage you to take time on this 20th anniversary year, to wear your shirt and spread the word about what our walk efforts are for.
We hope you will consider supporting Stacy's teams’ efforts and our fundraising goal to Walk to Defeat ALS®! Please consider being part of this effort because with your help, we will be able to make a difference in the lives of people affected by this disease.
Why We Need Your Help
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 a person with ALS averages two to five 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.
ALS can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease, though support is bringing researchers closer to an answer. In the meantime it costs an average of $250,000 a year to provide the care people living with ALS and their families need. Join the movement to bring help and hope today!
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