As you read this letter, you know that Jason Becker has not had an easy fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The disease has left him dependent on his parents for all aspects of his daily care. Yet despite all that ALS has taken away from him, he has managed to keep his spirits up and has continuously displayed the remarkable ability to maintain his enduring creativity and work ethic through perseverance and determination.
With the love and support of his family, friends and a world of fans, whose lives he has touched, inspired in a positive and beautiful way, through his music, through his story; or for people like me, who have been touched by the sheer beauty of knowing there are still people in a world of crime and chaos who have a beautiful heart, soul and outlook (attitude)--no matter what life throws his way. Jason has not only managed to survive while living with a diagnosis that permits a life expectancy of only two to five years, but against all odds, he has managed to thrive for 31 years--despite the disease.
The world is genuinely a better place because amazing human beings like Jason are in it; therefore, it is imperative that we find the cause and the cure for this disease as quickly as possible. We are literally racing against the one thing that we cannot control nor stop--and that is time! So I am proud to be participating in the Walk to Defeat ALS in honor of a man who has touched my heart; as well as brought this disease to my awareness.
All over the United States various ALS Association Chapters host these walks to bring awareness of this disease to the public, and to raise funds in support of vital care service programs throughout our nation; as well as to help fund support groups, respite care, specialist consultation, medical equipment loans, research and to help off-set the financial cost on the ALS patients and their families for necessary medical care, but above all--to fund the research that will lead to a cure, in hope of one day eradicating this vicious, indiscriminate, degenerative, fast acting disease; and "I need your help to make it happen."
I ask that you please consider sponsoring me by making a one-time tax deductible donation to The ALS Association, as they work toward the vision of a world without ALS. You can easily make your donation here at the ALS website or you can make your donation by sending a check or money order directly to The ALS Association Greater San Diego Area's office address.
When you consider whether or not to help; or how much you would like to donate, please remember that this fundraising effort is not just about money, it's about the people, the research, the care, and the cure. Therefore, whether your donation is $1.00, $1,000,000.00 or anything in between, the truth is that there is no donation amount too big, nor too small--it all counts and it all helps!
I thank you in advance for your donation in this movement to find a cure. "Together we can defeat ALS."