Why I am walking to Defeat ALS...
My happy, positive, full of love, kind, spice of life, college friend, Cathy Curtis Everson was diagnosed with ALS in December 2021. Cathy is my college roommate, sharer of the same degree (Business), European travel buddy and my dear friend of almost 40 years... Along with sorting out the daily challenges of learning to accept and fight ALS, Cathy expressed the wish to immediately try to do something to push forward research and care for people with ALS. The funds will be used to support those affected by Lou Gehrig's Disease and to spread awareness for the urgency to find treatments and a Cure.
I will be supporting Cathy, Greg, Shell and Julia as best I can as this diagnosis unfolds. In the short term along with just spending time with Cathy, listening, and helping her have a laugh once and a while, I will be joining her walking team on April 24th, 2022 in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
Join me by donating to my page, Cathy's page or creating your own fundraising page.
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.