I have been walking in the Walk to Defeat since 2014, because I have seen first hand the effects this horrible disease has on the person and their family. My Dad was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. Over the next 3 years I watched him lose his ability to walk, feed himself, talk and even breath on his own. My Dad passed on March 5, 2014 at the age of 67 years old.
I do the walk in memory of my Dad, Ralph Tassie. I do the walk to raise money and awareness for this disease. I hope that soon a cure is developed so that no one else has to go through what my family had to go through. My personal goal is to raise $200.00. Please consider making a donation...any amount helps. Thank you!
Please consider walking with me or sponsoring me. With your help, we will be able to make a difference in the lives of people affected by this disease. I encourage you get your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers involved!
Why We Need Your Help
Often referred to as Lou Gehrigs 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. The life expectancy of an ALS patient 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.
This crippling disease can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease though support is bringing researchers closer to an answer. In the mean time it costs an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need. Help make a difference and donate or join a walk today.
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