Bruce Churchill was an intelligent, active, athletic man who took care of himself and encouraged others to do the same. In January 2007 he began to notice a strange twitching in his muscles. Within six months he was given the worst news a person can hear: "You have ALS." After a courageous five and half year battle with ALS, husband, father, physician and coach, Bruce Churchill, finally succumbed on July 30, 2012.
Bruce's struggle is over but there are many who receive this diagnosis each day. ALS is a miserable disease and no one should have to suffer with it. I continue the fight in memory of Bruce and the many other wonderful people this has affected that we have met on this journey.
The Association’s investment of Ice Bucket Challenge funds had a direct impact on the fight against ALS, including the discovery of five new genes connected to ALS. Researchers used their funding for new clinical trials to test potential treatments, and the Association’s clinical network saw a 50 percent expansion.
The ALS Association committed nearly $90 million around the world in research funding between 2014 and 2018, including $81.2 million across 275 research grants in the United States and an additional $8.5 million internationally.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge brought needed awareness to this disease and helped to increase donations to the ALS association but that was only a temporary bump. The excitement has died down and ongoing research needs continued funding. Current patients need assistance. Please donate.
To donate please click on the name of one of the Churchill's Champions team members below and make a contribution to this cause. It goes toward research, services for those who are stricken, and awareness.
****This year the Portland Walk will have to be virtual**** It is usually a day of great uplift to those suffering from the disease to see the people who stand behind them and are working desperately for a cure. Hopefully next year we will be able to gather together again.
EVERY DROP COUNTS
Why We Need Your Help
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.