Thank you so much for your interest in helping the Beason women reach our fundraising goal! In the past 15 years since Steve Beason has been gone, The Walk to Defeat ALS has been the most positive and significant event in our lives surrounding ALS (alongside the ice bucket challenge, of course!).
The past two years have brought incredible advancements in ALS research, expanded access to care for ALS patients, and enabled legislation that impacts the quality of life of patients and their families. BUT WE CAN'T STOP NOW! It's more important now than ever to keep up moment for this cause. Please consider walking with us or sponsoring us. With your help, we will be able to make a difference in the lives of people affected by this disease.
Why We're Asking For 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. Denise, Ashley and Laura Beason fundraise and walk each year in memory of Steve Beason: beloved father, husband, teacher, son, brother and friend. Steve was diagnosed in 1998 after noticing a change in his speech. In a matter of three short years, Steve had traveled to Germany, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic to participate in experimental treatments, none of which had an impact on his disease. As members of Steve's family, it was difficult to tell people about ALS, since it seemed to have very little awareness surrounding it. Steve passed away in 2002. But our fight rages on.
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 though support is bringing researchers closer to an answer. In the mean time it costs an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need.
Any donation you feel comfortable making contributes towards a cure for this horrific illness. We're fighting to for every person past, present and future living with ALS.
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