Why I am Participating...
My dear friend Cathy Everson was diagnosed with ALS in December 2021 (not a great holiday gift and a challenging way to start 2022). I have known Cathy since 1982, when we both started at UC Berkeley (Go Bears!!). We met through another mutual friend, and our relationship has blossomed and grown deeper over the years. Honestly, Cathy's diagnosis was a complete sucker-punch in the stomach. I will do WHATEVER I can to support Cathy, Greg, Shell and Julia. If you can help me by making a donation to Defeat ALS, I would be so grateful. Let's do what we can together to support those affected by Lou Gehrig's Disease and to spread awareness for the urgency to find treatments and a cure. Much love, Liz
What is ALS?
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.
Why We Need Your Help
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.
1. The average life expectancy of an ALS patient is two to five years from the time of diagnosis.
2. Every 90 minutes someone in this country is diagnosed with ALS, and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease.
3. ALS can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease. Someone you know or love may die from ALS unless a cure is found.
4. Caring for a loved one with ALS costs on average of $300,000 each year.