Please join me on Saturday, October 17, 2020, for a "Walk of Our Own" to defeat ALS. Last year, I was overwhelmed that so many of you showed up and/or supported the walk on October 12, for which we raised a phenomenal amount--$50,280--to support the local chapter of the ALS Association.
As you all know, I was diagnosed with this dreaded disease two years ago.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease) is a progressive neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow, and eventually breathe. ALS can strike anyone and presently, there is no known cause or cure. It is not a diagnosis that anyone ever wants to hear.
Since my diagnosis, the local chapter of the ALS Association has been a lifesaver to me and to other people in our community living with ALS. The monthly ALS Association support group, which has been meeting virtually since the COVID quarantine, provides an opportunity to meet and share experiences with other people living with ALS, as well as to benefit from the wisdom and experience of people who have worked with the ALS community for years. The ALS Association "lending closet" helps mitigate the costs of living with ALS by lending, at no charge, walkers, wheelchairs and other costly equipment. The ALS Association professional staff is knowledgeable and helpful, and is a tremendous source of information about all aspects of living with ALS.
On a national level, the ALS Association is the only national nonprofit organization fighting ALS on every front. By integrating local care services, cutting-edge global research, and nationwide advocacy on behalf of those living with ALS, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.
Because of COVID, this year's ALS Walk will not be held in one central location. The ALS Association is encouraging people to walk in support of this cause in whatever format is most comfortable. For those who would like to join in a two-mile loop past my house in Bethesda, please meet at 7411 Denton Road (Kay Klass's house) at 9:30 AM. The ALS Association will host an opening ceremony on Facebook starting at 10:00 AM for those who wish to join.
I cannot express how much your support has meant to me since my diagnosis. Your continued support of the ALS Association is so appreciated and so impactful to those of us in the ALS community.
With love and gratitude,
P.S. If you have any questions regarding this fundraiser, please contact Kay Klass (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ellen Klein (email@example.com).