“It is hard to ask for donations. I have been asking for eleven years. But every year, I am reminded that people are good; they care and THEY WANT TO HELP”- Patty Spring, person with ALS diagnosed in 2000
Fresno, California (PRWEB) September 03, 2011
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. Every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes someone dies from ALS. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2-5 years from the time of diagnosis. Caring for a loved one with ALS costs an average of $200,000 each year.
The Central Valley Walk to Defeat ALS is an annual community event that creates the hope and action needed to conquer Lou Gehrig’s disease, and raise funds to sustain patient care and support cutting-edge research by the world’s best and brightest scientists. Join the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease on Saturday September 10 at Kearney Park in Fresno! During the Walk, participants honor the strength and courage of people with ALS and their families and remember those who have valiantly battled ALS.
“It is hard to ask for donations. I have been asking for eleven years. I still have to be in the right "mood" to do it,” said Patty Spring, who has been living with ALS since 2000. “But every year I am reminded that people are good; they care and they want to help. One year I heard through the grapevine that a friend was mad at me because I hadn't asked her to be on my team. This year (after eleven years of asking) I went a step further. I asked a neighbor to use my letter with his contacts. A few days later I got an email from him. He said he had emailed both friends and business associates on my behalf...and then thanked me for including him!!! Don't be afraid to ask. People are good!”
Established in 1985, The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. Our mission is to lead the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. For more information, please visit our website- alsagoldenwest.org