Hello everyone. Thank you for taking the time to learn why this event is so important to me. In 2018 my mother was diagnosed with ALS. It took over a year of endless appointments with every specialist you can think of to tell her why she would sometimes stumble on an even sidewalk, or why her fingers would suddenly stop in the midst of crochet, as if they forget the way. She was sore everyday and everyday she got out of bed it was worse. The muscle spasms, would run through her body like lightening bolts. The fatigue set in and cut her days in half. Her diagnosis was at first a relief, because finally we knew what was wrong. This relief was immediately followed by the realization of the devestation ahead.
Barbara died March 31st, 2021 from a massive stroke related to ALS. Just a few days before she had had a great day with two of her daughters. It was bittersweet because every day is never as good as yesterday to with a person diagnosed with ALS. This cruel and random disease steals away a person's ability to have command over their mucsles. AlS takes away the ability to walk, to use your arms and hands, it robs a person of the ability speak, to chew and swallow, to hygenically care for yourself, and eventually it attacks the muscles that keep you breathing.
Our mother was an amazingly tough woman. She raised four freakishly strong girls, mentored many of New Mexico's nurses, and saved so many lives in and out of the emergency rooms she worked in. She didn't deserve this disease. NOBODY DESERVES THIS DISEASE.
This is why team Cold Pizza and Pocket Change have made a forever commitment to helping the ALS Association's New Mexico Chapter raise funds for : research for medications, petitions for government research to find the cause or causes of ALS. Also to assist with the financial costs of the immediate needs for New Mexico families impacted by the unique and involved equipment and skilled medical team required to take care of a loved one with ALS. This averages $250,000 per year.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
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.
That’s why we’re participating in the Walk to Defeat ALS. To bring hope. To raise awareness. To provide resources and services to families free of charge. To help unlock the mystery of ALS and find the key to treatments a cure. Will you join us?
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 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. Join the movement to provide help and hope today!