Why I'm Participating...
I will be participating in The Golden West Chapter of The ALS Association's SoCal Ride and Rally to Defeat ALS. My sister - 44 - was diagnosed with ALS this past June 2021. Since then she has lost use of her arms, legs, and hands. She requires a breathing machine 24/7. It's been amazing to witness her strength through all of this. I feel a bit helpless, especially since she lives in TN, so I just want to do something to honor her fight and others affected by ALS. My sister is a mom to 3 young children. She's a wife. She's a daughter. She's been one of my best friends all of my life and each day I wake up thinking about her fight. I'm riding to honor her.
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 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.