Our family has been forever changed by this horrible disease.
Our sister Mary lost her courageous battle with ALS in December 2013 after living with the disease for 4 years. She was an amazing and wonderful woman who never lost her faith, her sense of humor, or her care and concern for others even in the most difficult of times.
In January 2018, the unfathomable happened when our sister Patty was diagnosed with ALS. She too was an amazing and caring woman who led a faith filled life – a life where only kindness and goodness were allowed to reside. Patty lost her courageous battle with ALS in April 2020 complicated by Covid-19 implications and our ability to get her timely care.
These two women were courageous every minute of every day as they fought their battle. We miss them terribly and their passing has left a heaviness of emptiness – the weight of a void in our lives where they used to exist on this planet, we call Earth. There is no doubt that they are both still with us in spirit and it is in their memory that we continue our efforts to find a cure so that no one else, and no other family, will have to suffer through the struggle that this degenerative disease brings.
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.
Please help us make a difference in the lives of those affected by Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Our team is committed to raising money to support people in our community with ALS and spread awareness of the urgency to find treatment and a cure. Please consider joining our team in the Walk to Defeat ALS® or choose a team member from the list and donate to our cause.