Team SMU is committed to raising money to support people in our community with ALS and raise awareness in an effort to find a CURE.
Our team members walk because they have been directly affected by ALS or in support of friends and family who have been affected.
In 2019, our father, Sigifredo Morales lost his battle to ALS. His journey was not easy, but he never had to face it alone. He courageously battled ALS with the help of family, friends and the ALS Golden West Chapter.
We refuse to let another loved one be another statistic. We are walking to ensure that no one ever hears the words: “You Have ALS” again.
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.
Once ALS starts, it almost always progresses shortening the person's life span. Every case is different from person to person.
Military veterans are approximately twice as likely to develop ALS.
ALS can strike anyone, there is no racial, age, or socioeconomic boundaries. Presently there is no known cause of the disease.
It costs loved ones an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need. Medication to slow the progression alone can cost approx $15,000 per month. Not including costs for durable medical equipment and other healthcare necessities.
We have seen first hand what the ALS Association does for their community, together we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Every penny raised is a step closer to finding a cure! Please consider donating to our cause by selecting a team member from the list or donating directly to our team.