Thank you for helping us reach our 2019 fundraising goal of $10,000.00!
Please consider joining our 2020 team in the Walk to Defeat ALS or choose a team member from the list and donate to our cause. October 31, 2020 will be our team's 5th year (as physical and virtual walkers) to honor everyone affected by ALS. This will also be our 3rd year to walk in memory of friends, coworkers, and family members.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
Every 90 minutes, a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS. Every 90 minutes, another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS can strike anyone - of any age, racial, ethnic, or socio-economic background.Approximately 450,000 patients worldwide are affected. The astronomical average cost is $250,000 per year to provide care and equipment for people living with ALS. Presently, there is no known cause, effective treatment, or cure for ALS. We desperately need your help to support the Pat's Angels team commitment to fight for ALS awareness, treatment, aid, and advocacy.
We team members are the "voice" for ALS patients & families and make a positive difference in their lives. Our voices calm their fears after hearing the diagnosis that "YOU HAVE ALS".
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) - also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease and Motor Neuron Disease (MND) - is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The onset of ALS often involves muscle weakness or stiffness as early symptoms.Eventually, it progresses to cause deterioration in the body's limbs and trunk. This cycle involves weakness, wasting and paralysis of the muscles, and prohibition of the body's control over vital functions such as speech, physical mobility, swallowing, and breathing.
ALS progression differs from person to person regarding how fast and in what order it occurs. Ultimately, ALS shortens one's life span...to an average life expectancy of 2 to 5 years from the date of diagnosis.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
1. Support group
2. Equipment loans
3. Access to specialized ALS clinics
4. Advocacy for public policy that serves the needs of people with ALS
5. Research to find effective treatments and a cure