Why I am participating in the Jim Tracy 5k to Defeat ALS
A friend of mine, Cathy, was diagnosed with ALS just before Christmas. I didn't know much about ALS before this but quickly understood how devastating this diagnosis is. One of Cathy's ways to fight this disease is to join this fundraising effort and I am participating on her team. The goal is to support those affected by A LS and to spread awareness for the urgency to find treatments and a cure.
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.
Cathy was very healthy before she noticed that she was having speech problems. There is no known cause of ALS and it can strike anyone.
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.
The average life expectancy of an ALS patient is two to five years from the time of diagnosis.
Caring for a loved one with ALS costs on average of $300,000 each year.
A donation of any amount will be greatly appreciated.