Team Nanci is once again participating in the Golden West Chapter Walk to Defeat ALS in support of everyone whose lives have been touched by ALS. The official event date may be over, but there's still much work to be done in the fight to defeat ALS.
It is difficult to define any person by a single word, especially one who is a trailblazer in their industry, a caring and loyal friend, and someone who isn’t afraid to fight for what they believe in. However, when describing Nanci Ryder, the word “remarkable” is often the one chosen.
On June 11, 2020, after a nearly seven year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Nanci died peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family of close friends.
Upon receiving the 2018 Walk Hero Award at the Los Angeles Walk to Defeat ALS, Nanci remarked (with the assistance of her friend, actor Don Diamont), "I never intended to be courageous or inspirational, but according to this award apparently I am. So I ask you all today to promise me that – no matter what – that you will never, ever give up. That is another thing that ALS cannot take away – our will to keep going.
Every one of you is essential in the search for effective treatments and cures. Thank you for all you are doing and will do to help.”
As we mourn the loss of our dear friend, we celebrate her legacy as a champion for the advancement of ALS awareness, research, and multidisciplinary care. Team Nanci will continue to support Nanci’s dream of finding treatments and cures for ALS and will "walk our way from home" at the 2021 Golden West Walk to Defeat ALS for the second year in a row. Please join our team and recruit others as we walk together, remember Nanci, and raise urgently needed funds to benefit the efforts of the Golden West Chapter of The ALS Association.
Let’s continue to honor and remember Nanci’s indelible memory by helping Team Nanci realize Nanci’s dream of raising $1 Million dollars in support of those living with ALS, and those who will be diagnosed with ALS in the future.
To learn more about Nanci's life and legacy, please read the full article:
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 our walk team today