In 2016 my dad, Mark D'Angelo started complaining that his leg felt weak and that he couldn't move it. Doctors couldn't figure out what could be the cause. After numerous tests and visits with specialists, he was diagnosed with ALS in September of 2017.
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. There is no known cause or cure.
In the 3 years since his diagnoses, I have watched my dad lose the ability to walk, get dressed, feed himself, and now breath on his own. As this disease progresses there comes new challenges, and it is hard to keep up. My parents have had to do multiple remodels to their home in order to make it accessible and fit the medical equipment needed. My family has made schedules to help my dad with every aspect of his life you can imagine. This disease has affected my entire family physically, and even more so emotionally.
That’s why we are walking. To try and change the statistics. To bring help and hope to those living with the disease. To try and ensure that no one ever hears the words: “You Have ALS” again.
Please consider joining our team or sponsoring us. With your help, we will be able to make a difference in the lives of people affected by this disease.