That's my beautiful pal, Cathy, and me, in the photo. *Somewhere* in South America in 1986. Gosh it got colder as we tried to get to Patagonia, riding trains while listening to the Grateful Dead on our Walkman cassette players, and crossing the Andes on a racing rickety bus with no toilet. We've had no shortage of laugh-out-loud adventures (and beers) together! So lucky.
Why I am Participating...
Cathy was diagnosed with ALS in December 2021, and like anyone who knows her (and her children Julia & Shell, and husband, Greg), I want to do whatever I can to support her. She has invited everyone to walk on April 24, and fundraise for ALS.
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.