Shortly after the devastating events of 9/11, I came home to visit my parents in Monterey, CA and noticed that my father's arms were weak to the point that he was combing his hair by tilting his head towards his comb. When I asked about it, he dismissed it as old age and arthritis. When we showed up at the orthopedist's office a few days later, the physician took one look at my dad and said, "You don't need me. You need to see a neurologist." In less than a minute, this doctor was able to see the telltale signs of ALS - a disease we knew absolutely nothing about.
The disease progressed so incredibly rapidly, it killed my otherwise healthy father less than two years later. It was a terrible, excruciating death. He was days shy from turning 61 years old. I swore then that I would do everything I could to find a cure for this awful, horrific disease.
So thank you for helping me and my family do what we can each year to raise money for ALS research. Your money also goes towards helping those who are suffering from the disease right now. My father got therapists, social workers, oxygen tanks, breathing and walking equipment - all free of charge - thanks to organizations like the ALS Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
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. WE CAN'T STOP NOW!
Please consider walking with me or sponsoring me. With your help, we will be able to make a difference in the lives of people affected by this disease.
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 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. Help make a difference and donate or join a walk today.