We hope you and your loved ones have been safe and healthy during this difficult time. First, we want to THANK YOU for your generous donation for the Walk to Defeat ALS last year, helping our team, Fumi-chan's Girls raise $4,925.75!
2020 was the 10th anniversary of our Mommy's passing. Unfortunately, we couldn't all gather in L.A. but we still participated in the virtual Walk to Defeat ALS and walked the 1 mile "together" in different cities (photos below). Our hearts soared knowing that the $59,000 we raised over our ten years of participating in the Walks have honored her memory in a big way!
As we all may have picked up new projects during the pandemic, Junko (after getting fully vaccinated) has been going to our childhood home to clean out Mommy's things. She's been finding many things that elicit such wonderful memories which bring both smiles and tears. She discovered things we never knew existed, like our Mommy's old city college schoolwork of complicated math and tests of her receiving such good grades! She had a journal that she kept before her wedding and continued writing in them, never forgetting any of our events or milestones. Junko even found a Snoopy bookstand which Mommy labeled was for "everyone" and clothes or bags that we remember fondly wearing or using because Mommy lovingly made them for us. This helps us remember the cute person she was, always with a sticker for every occasion. We miss her every single day and wish she was here to offer her advice and guidance, give us hugs, and to let us know how much she loved us.
Looking back on the year and a half Mommy was sick, there were many sleepless nights caring for her 24/7. ALS robbed her body of everything (except her clear mind) and the level of care she needed was enormous. We can't even fathom how difficult it must be for ALS families now to care for their loved ones with the additional challenges during a pandemic. The ALS Association continues to help these families and the Walk to Defeat ALS is their number one fundraiser. That's why our goal remains at $6,000 and we hope to continually express our gratitude for your support because we appreciate it more than words can ever say!