Receiving the diagnosis of ALS over 2 years ago was the hardest thing Dotty has ever done... and she's done some hard stuff! Marrying against her parents' wishes, raising 5 kids while co-founding and running a successful swimming pool company, going back to University at age 50, and jumping out of an airplane at 74. What a woman!
What sets Dotty apart is her genuine love and kindness towards others, and her never-ending quest to accumulate more knowledge. That, and her insistence on watching Jeopardy! every night.
Despite this terrible illness, Dotty is one of the luckiest people alive. Her husband of 63 years, Joe, has made it his life's mission to make sure she is cared for around the clock, and that joy is the nucleus of her day. Admiring sunsets, laughing at the Jewish joke book, filling the house with colorful flowers, holding hands and exchanging kisses. As long as she is smiling, he is smiling too.
Dotty and Joe, and the whole family, have all received great support from the local chapter of the ALS Association. They now want to show their appreciation by raising money to others in the community who might need similar help.
Dotty and her Team plan on participating in the Walk to Defeat ALS on April 18th. Please consider a donation, or even joining her Team! Thank you!
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 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.
ALS can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease, yet it still costs loved ones an average of $250,000 a year to provide the care people living with ALS and their families need.
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?