A longtime member of our Glidewell family, Dianne, was diagnosed with ALS in 2018 and sadly passed away in 2021. She made an indelible impression on all and is greatly missed every day. We want to make a difference for all affected by ALS and honor Dianne's memory. The Glidewell team is committed to raising money to spread awareness of the urgency to find treatments and a cure. Please join our team in the Walk to Defeat ALS® or choose a team member to donate to our cause. This is the fourth year our Glidewell family has walked for Dianne. Everyone is welcome!
A MESSAGE FROM DIANNE (2019)
Please pass this on to anyone who made this possible and others if it will raise more money. It means a lot to know I am remembered there. For so many years, twenty-five actually, Glidewell was my life and I miss being there more than I can say.
I am getting worse every week; ALS is a relentless and devastating disease with no treatment or cure. It takes away all motor function and leaves the brain totally normal. So as I become locked in my body, dependent on others for everything, my mind watches. Some people have a slower progression and can live 5, 10, or even 20 years. Most people live 2 to 5 years. Unfortunately I have a rapidly progressing type of ALS. I can no longer speak, walk, use my hands or feed myself. I am already dependent on others for most everything. It is a hard way to live for anyone but particularly for someone who has been independent all her life. Glidewell has been incredibly supportive and I am grateful to have worked for such a great man and company. Now let's get on to finding a cure!
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.
ALS can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease, yet it still costs loved ones an average of $250,000 a year to provide the care people living with ALS and their families need. Join the movement to provide help and hope today!