Help us raise money to find a cure for ALS!
|Event:||Des Moines Walk|
|Date:||Saturday, October 3, 2020|
Let's walk for Ted!
Our dad, Ted Boecker, passed away January 30th, 2017 from ALS. He fought a courageous battle against this terrible disease for almost 3 years.
Team Ted will continue raising awareness about this devastating illness, and help raise money so that advancements can be made to fight ALS. Right now there is no cure for ALS and we hope to change that.
It starts with your help.
Ted Boecker, 69, passed away peacefully at his home, Monday, January 30, 2017, from complications of ALS. Ted was born in 1947, and grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. He enjoyed working at his parents' family pharmacy, Boecker Drug, while attending Dowling High School - where he excelled at track. Ted attended Creighton University, where he met his wife, Sharon. He graduated from Creighton University in 1970, and returned to Des Moines to attend Drake Law School. After graduating from law school in 1973, Ted joined the Iowa Attorney General's Office, serving there until 1979. He then entered private practice, and enjoyed a long and distinguished career in real estate law, as a partner at the Petosa, Petosa, & Boecker law firm.
Ted and his wife of 47 years, Sharon, have five children and eleven grandchildren. Ted devoted his life to his family, never missing his kids' sporting events or activities. He was a long-time avid golfer, who in recent years was able to play Pebble Beach and St. Andrews. Ted also enjoyed attending Iowa Hawkeye football games with his family and friends for more than 40 years. Some of his favorite places to visit were the Tetons, Yellowstone, and Southern California.
His family would like to thank all those who helped care for Ted, especially Dr. Susan Espeland M.D., Dr. Matthew Trump D.O., Dr. Andrew Stevenson D.O., Stevie Marshall, LPN, the ALS Clinic team of the Des Moines VA, and the UnityPoint Respiratory Therapy team.
Thank you for helping us reach our fund raising goal! Together we can 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.
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.