Welcome to the team page for Jimmy's "Cyco" Family and Friends! Thank you for helping us reach our fundraising goal. Our team is walking in memory of Jim Almquist. He was a caring husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who passed away from ALS in May of 2014. His diagnosis sent a shock wave through his family, which consists of his wife, Anne, four children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Shortly after being diagnosed with ALS, Jim began to lose his ability to speak. A few short months later, he was no longer able to speak and his body became very weak. Jim lived a little over one year after his diagnosis. As an avid Iowa State Cyclones fan, Jim and Anne attended every home football, men's and women's basketball, and volleyball games. They often would travel to away games to support the team.
Jim was a graduate of Iowa State University and worked for the ISU Extension Office for most of his career. After retiring, Jim and Anne traveled all over the world visiting places like Kenya, Spain, Sweeden, and England.
Together we can make a difference in people just like Jim who are affected by Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Our team is committed to raising money to support people 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.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the team's captain, and Jim's granddaughter, Sarah at email@example.com.