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The Golden West Chapter to Honor Champions of the ALS community at the 15th Annual Ventura/Santa Barbara County Walk to Defeat ALS



The ALS Association Golden West Chapter proudly announces FosterDouglas Real Estate as the 2018 Walk Corporate Champion and Peter Kristensen as the 2018 Walk ALS Hero for the 15th Annual Ventura/Santa Barbara County Walk to Defeat ALS®. The 2 mile walk will be held on Sunday, October 7, at Plaza Park, in Ventura County and is free and open to the public. All funds raised support the mission priorities of the Golden West Chapter in care services, public policy, and research.

Peter Kristensen will receive the 2018 Walk ALS Hero award which is presented to an individual who is making courageous and inspirational efforts in the areas of advocacy, fundraising, and public awareness while living with ALS. Prior to his diagnosis of ALS in October 2016, Peter had been active in commercial real estate for 30 years, the last 16 with Warner Bros. Corporate Real Estate. Peter enjoyed being active often working out and running 3 to 5 miles daily. He loved family trips for skiing, boating, camping and traveling the world. With the amazing support of his wife, Nicole, and two kids, Tyler and Amanda, Peter’s been able to be as active as possible despite physically declining rapidly.

“The one thing I can control is my attitude and I choose to be positive!  That helps me immensely and those around me,” said Peter. “The Golden West Chapter, especially our Case Manager, Barbara Porush, has been particularly helpful as my family has grappled with the shifting and worsening effects of ALS.”

As a first year team in 2017, Peter, along with his family and friends, have participated in the Ventura/Santa Barbara County Walk to Defeat ALS as team “Peter’s Pacers” and have raised over $25,000 in support of the mission of The ALS Association Golden West Chapter and promoting an understanding of the disease. To find out more about Peter Kristensen or make a donation in his honor, please visit the Peter's Pacers Walk Team Page

FosterDouglas Real Estate will receive the 2018 Ventura/Santa Barbara County Walk’s Corporate Champion Award for their ongoing philanthropy of time and financial resources in support of the ALS community in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and to the global search for effective treatments and cures. FosterDouglas’ support will be generated via the "Your Referrals Help Families" campaign, wherein the company donates a portion of every sale to The Golden West Chapter. Denise Cifu, Senior Vice President, FosterDouglas Real Estate has also been named Honorary Chair of the Ventura-Santa Barbara County Walk to Defeat ALS.

“We are truly honored and humbled to have been named the Corporate Champion for the 2018 Ventura/Santa Barbara Walk to Defeat ALS,” said FosterDouglas’ Senior Vice President of Sales, Denise Cifu. “We are committed to The ALS Association Golden West Chapter’s vision of a world without ALS and are proud to contribute and help raise urgently needed funds for local services and research for a cure.”

“When Denise came to us with the idea for the “Your Referrals Help Families” campaign, we were immediately motivated to help,” said Julie Leverence, President of FosterDouglas. “Everyone is familiar with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – that helped raise a lot of money and awareness for research, which is fantastic. But we were really
touched by the work that The ALS Association is doing within communities, helping individuals and their families face daily hurdles. They are the only non-profit organization to support people with ALS on every front – care services, advocacy, and, of course, research. We all want to see a cure, but by donating a portion of the commission from every home we sell to The ALS Association Golden West Chapter, we realized that we – and our clients – can make a real impact in people’s lives every day.”

“I became involved in the fight against ALS because of my friend, Larry Baker,' shared Denise. "Larry was a professional supercross rider in the early 1980’s. On July 23, 2017 Larry was riding his motorcycle at Los Angeles County Raceway and doing what he loved doing more than anything else. He fell and broke his hip and femur. This accident led his doctor to the diagnosis of ALS. We all love ‘Larry the Legend.’ I want to make a difference for him and his family. Contributing a portion of our commission from each home sale is our way of showing support for the Baker Family and many others in our community who are living with ALS.”

To find out more about more about FosterDouglas’ commitment to community, please visit their website. To join FosterDouglas at the Walk or make a donation in their honor, please visit the FosterDouglas WalkTeam Page.

For questions about the Ventura/Santa Barbara County Walk to Defeat ALS, or to register, please visit our website (Ventura-SBWalktoDefeatALS.org) or contact Jessica Partida, Regional Director of Community Outreach at jpartida@alsagoldenwest.org or 818-865-8067 ex. 233.