This year will be the five year anniversary of my dad's passing from this world to the next, so we thought it was fitting that we walk together again as a team in the Walk to Defeat ALS in his memory. This event has provided much joy and healing in previous years and we truly look forward to walking the grounds of the Washington Monument again with our family and friends. The ALS Association made a significant difference during the last year of his life, providing much needed equipment and emotional support during a very trying time. We'd like to continue giving back to an organization that supported our family when we most needed it.
Richard was diagnosed with ALS in January of 2010 after several years of unexplained symptoms and misdiagnoses. Fortunately the disease progressed slowly during that first year and he was still able to enjoy those things he loved most: gardening, home improvement, playing the piano and most of all, spending time with his family. 2011 was not so kind as we watched him slowly lose his ability to speak, eat, breathe and walk. We miss him tremendously but are also happy that he is no longer suffering. We feel his presence at certain moments and we know he is with us in spirit.
Richard was always researching ALS online, hoping to find the miracle cure for what ailed him. I know that he would want us to keep moving forward and raising money in support of an organization that not only funds research but also supports those who are living with ALS. Please help us meet our fundraising goal by donating to our team or by joining our team and helping us to raise money for the ALS Association so that they can continue the good work that they do.
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.
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