My name is Sarah Marez, in August of 2012 my Father Robert Arellano Jr. Aka "Chespi" was diagnosed with ALS. On April 18, 2015 my dad passed away. He fought for his life everyday with family and friends by his side. This disease took a toll on my father, mother, brothers and myself. My father was the most extraordinary man you could meet and we are better people for knowing and having him by our sides growing up. He is the most generous man I have ever met. He used to work double shifts and still have time for his family and friends. He would get off a double shift and go help someone, no matter how tired he was. He was such a handy man. He used to build bathrooms, lay tile, roofing, pour cement...etc. His laugh was very contagious. He has so many close friends, which is a testimony to how wonderful he truly was.
In 2013 I found this amazing opportunity to fight in his honor and help support the fight against ALS. We had an amazing time both 2 years and look forward to this year. Unfortunately there is no cure for ALS but I am committed to fundraising to find a cure and supporting those who are fighting ALS. As a family we have struggled with the emotional toll this disease has caused and we come to realize that programs like "Walk to Defeat ALS" are out there. We appreciate everyone's support and prayers. Thank you for helping us reach our fundraising goal in the previous years and I hope you can help us again! Together we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by Lou Gehrig’s 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 choose a team member from the list and donate to our cause.
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 a walk today.