Why I Run...
I will be participating in the Jim Tracy 5k to Defeat ALS. I will run to support my sister Cathy Everson(Curtis) who was recently diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease and to spread awareness for the urgency to find treatments and a cure. My sister is an amazing human being and has spent her life donating her time and money to helping others in need and has always put others before herself. Now, she needs our help and this is what we all can do to help her and others fighting this awful 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 an average of $300,000 each year.