Why I Run...
Recently our neighborhood received the devastating news that our dear friend Cathy was diagnosed with ALS. If you know Cathy, you will agree she is one of the nicest, most positive and selfless gals in the hood. We have known each other at least 15 years and have bonded over our kids, our Central Valley roots, ski/hike trips to Dodge Ridge, whitewater rafting on the American River, Roosevelt Elementary School - working long hours at the Chili Cook-Off, in the school garden and on many beautification days at BIS. She means the world to so many people and to say someone like her deserves SO MUCH better is an absolute understatement.
I will be participating in the Jim Tracy 5k to Defeat ALS. I run to support Cathy and those affected by Lou Gehrig's Disease and to spread awareness for the urgency to find treatments and a cure. If Cathy can put her energy into this event that so can I!
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.