Why I Ride:
I'll be participating in The ALS Association Golden West Chapter's 15th Annual Napa Valley Ride & Walk to Defeat ALS. I ride, along with my friends and colleagues, to support those affected by ALS and to spread awareness for the urgency to find treatments and a cure. One of the long-time members of our sales team was recently diagnosed with ALS and we are coming together to support him, his family and all others affected by the disease. I'll be biking 47 miles but some on the team are doing a century ride (100 miles!!)
What is ALS:
Often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of it's 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 $200,000 each year.