In February 2013, my Husband Rich Zoellner was diagnosed with ALS. We were shocked and surprised and so many emotions came across us that we didn't know how or what to do. At the time of his diagnosis, we had people ready to start walking in help fight against ALS, but Rich and I just weren't ready to face the reality. As days, months went on we knew that we had to do everything we could to help. We knew our comfort zones would be challenged and tested and they sure were.
In March 2015, the reality of this disease set in for us. Richie was hospitalized with double pneumonia and blood clots in his lungs. It was a very scary time and neither of us were prepared for what hit us and what was to come. After 3 weeks in ICU and 4 1/2 weeks in rehab, on May 11th, 2015 he finally came home. The last 2 years for our family have been the most challenging and difficult times we've had to face. Richie was a trooper through it all. We had good times, we had bad times. We had good days, we had bad days. Richie's journey with ALS ended on April 13, 2017. He fought very hard with the challenges that he faced every single day. He was able to inspire so many people and continuting to do so. His wish was for us to keep this fight going and that's just what we are going to do. Let's walk for those who no longer can!
Since our first walk in 2013, Richie Z's Rockin Walkers has claimed the title of #1 walk team each year and has raised over $130K benefiting the Indiana Chapter!!! Richie Z is the reason why and let's rock this out for him!
Please join us in the fight against ALS!
Stacey & Kelsey Zoellner
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.