Team Maverick is a collective group of Doug McNeil and his family & friends. Doug was diagnosed with ALS in the summer of 2017, after over a year of previously unexplained motor symptoms. On July 31, 2022, after 5 valiant years, Doug broke free from the devastating grip of the disease. His legacy is his love and light, and it lives on in all of us.
Facing a terminal illness is life-shattering, especially when little is known about your disease. The McNeil family has always valued community, and this community keeps them going on the good and bad days. Why Maverick? Well, the answer is two part. 1) Doug's middle name is Bret, after "Bret Maverick", and 2) because synonyms for the word include "rebel", "nonconformist", and "free spirit". Doug was never been one to let life get him down, and his battle with ALS did not changed that. He held onto his can-do, make it work attitude. We gather together to rebel against ALS and fight hard for research and a cure!
Why We Need Your Help
Together we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by ALS. Our team is committed to raising money to support people in our community with ALS and spread awareness of the urgency to find treatment and a cure. Over the last five years your support, emotionally and financially, has made a HUGE impact. Team Maverick continually gives our family the hope and motivation to keep pushing through the hard days and find immense joy in the present. Your monetary contributions were incredibly generous and help provide funds that allow the ALS Association continue to provide meaningful support groups and outreach, along with continuing research to better understand this disease. We continue to raise awareness and funds because the fight is not over, and we need your help. Please consider joining our team in the Walk to Defeat ALS® or choose a team member from the list and donate to our cause.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of a person with ALS averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.
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.
ALS can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease, yet it still costs loved ones an average of $250,000 (but usually more!) a year to provide the care people living with ALS and their families need. Insurance is often not covered for many necessary medical supplies, treatments, appropriate medical providers, etc.