Patty's Pals/Valley Yellow Pages
17 years ago Patty was diagnosed with ALS. Her doctor through the first few years, Rick Olney, was ironically diagnosed with this horrific disease. He has since passed and we miss his smiling face. He did get to meet his grandson, which made the smile larger.
This will be the teams' 18th Fresno walk. Over the years we have advocated in Sacramento and D.C., made quilts, had raffles, silent and live auctions, made television appearances, done radio interviews, participated in bike rides and support groups, put on and participated in golf tournaments, poured ice-water over our heads, participated in breathing and blood draw studies, tried to participate in drug trials, and participated in dozens of other walks throughout Northern California.
I will attempt to coax Patty into coming to walk this year. If you know Patty, she will make up her own mind and that would be difficult to change. I will be brave in the attempt.
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. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
This crippling disease can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease yet it still costs loved ones an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need. Help make a difference and donate or join a walk today.
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