Bob Jugan was a great guy who helped a lot of people and also made them laugh. He battled ALS for 20 months. We're walking to remember his struggle and to help all of those with this terrible disease. Together we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by Lou Gehrigs Disease. Our team is committed to raising money to support people in our community with ALS and spread awareness of the urgency to find treatment and a cure. Please consider joining our team in the Walk to Defeat ALS® or just make a donation.
We are walking to defeat ALS. This is a terrible disease that ended my dad's life and those of many others. The ALS Association is dedicated to finding a cure and helping those who have the disease. Please donate.
Each year when there is a physical walk, I carry a sign with the photos of others I've known with ALS including Stephen Henry, Tucker Stilley and Allen Greaves. Some have passed on while others continue their battle against ALS. Also on the poster was a photo of Nick Roberts who lost his battle with ALS. Nick was a professor of architecture and the husband of Cory Buckner, the architect who redesigned our home. Nick was a kind, funny person who was healthy his entire life until he was suddenly diagnosed with ALS. What a great loss.
The walk is a time to remember all of those who've been struck with this terrible disease. The GREAT NEWS is that researchers are making progress on the disease. They've cured ALS in mice - just not humans. Advances in the analysis of the human gene have advanced knowledge of ALS. As one person at the walk said: "There is a cure for ALS. We just haven't found it yet." The money we raise goes to research and to help those who already have ALS.
Thank you for helping to fight this terrible disease, and helping me achieve my Walk to Defeat ALS (TM) fundraising goal! This is an exciting opportunity for us to work together to support those affected by Lou Gehrig's Disease and to spread awareness of the urgency to find treatments and a cure.
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 the walk today.