Why I am Fundraising...
I will be participating in the fundraising aspect of the Jim Tracy 5k to Defeat ALS. I am bummed I won't be in town to participate in person but really want to support my good friend Cathy Everson who just received an ALS diagnosis. I will do anything for this lady! She is an amazing person and supports her friends and family with a smile and a spring in her step. We became friends when our girls started playing volleyball together 10 years ago (or so) and continue our friendship while walking the streets of Burlingame every Tuesday. She has supported me and my family through highs and lows. I am doing the same for her. Please join me in doing what we can to provide support to finding treatment options and a cure for ALS. Below is a bit about ALS if you are unfamiliar with the disease.
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.