Every 90 minutes, a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS, and every 90 minutes another person will lose that battle against this disease. It occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
Roughly four years ago, my mother (the kid's grandmother) was diagnosed with this disease, and since then we've been a part of this personal struggle that has slowly robbed her of her strength. Activities that she so joyously enjoyed before, have been taken from her. No longer can she go for hikes with her family through the woods. No longer can she visit family and friends as stairs have become too much of an obstacle. No longer can she care for her orchids as getting to and from the greenhouse has become difficult.
This is why we’re participating in the Walk to Defeat ALS. To bring hope. To raise awareness. To help unlock the mystery of ALS and find the key to treatments a cure. Not just for others, but for our own family. Will you join us?
Amyotrophiclateral 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.