Why I'm Participating...
I will be participating in The Golden West Chapter of The ALS Association's SoCal Ride to Defeat ALS and Hike/Walk. I participate to support those affected by Lou Gehrig's Disease and to spread awareness for the urgency to find treatments and cures. In Ocotber of 2021, I was honored to be with my close friend Mary Hoagland in Washington when she passed after a 2 year battle with ALS. It is a heartless disease. Mary and I met and served in the Peace Corps in Liberia 1983-1985. I am honoring my friend Mary by riding and raising money for ALS this spring.
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.