We walk in memory of Larry Steinkamp. He lost his battle with ALS in July 2005. We, as friends and family of Larry, continue in the fight to raise awareness and funds to support the ALS Association Iowa Chapter. The Chapter provides services and equipment to families living with ALS.
Larry was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt deer and elk in Colorado and turkey in Iowa. He was very active in sports. He wrestled in high school and college. He loved to play volleyball with his children. He loved to travel. He visited Europe, Ireland, Alaska and many other states.
Larry lived with ALS for 4 1/2 years. Larry first started experiencing symptoms in his arms and hands. As ALS progressed, he lost the use of his hands completely. After he could no longer walk he operated his power chair with head gear. Larry continued to enjoy spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed laughing and joking with his kids. He was a wonderful father and stayed in touch with his daughters when they were away at college by communicating with them via his computer. When he could no longer speak clearly, he used his computer to talk for him.
Larry believed in enjoying life as much as possible. ALS brought our family closer as we joined together to support him during this time. We continued to love being with him and enjoyed every moment we had with him. He will never be forgotten in our family.
You can join us in the walk by signing up for our team and getting your friends and family to sponsor you. It's easy, just go to http://walkia.alsa.org and search for Larry's Stingers and sign up. Or you can make a donation to support our team.
Larry inspired us with his bravery and determination. His wish was that we continue to raise awareness and help others living with this devastating disease.