BENEFITING: ALS Association Greater New York Chapter
ORGANIZER: ALS Association Greater New York Chapter
I am honored to have joined the ALS 'Running 4 A Cure' team and running the 2017 NYC Marathon in memory of my friend Michael Murray to help find a cure for this devastating disease.
On Friday July 21st my dear friend Michael lost his courageous battle with ALS. It was almost 5 years ago when Michael was diagnosed with ALS and he and his family were told that his life expectancy was 2-5 years and he would become completely paralyzed. The Murray family had to watch their dad/son/husband loose movement of almost all of his muscles and only able to stay alive with the use of a ventilator and a feeding tube. At the time of this diagnosis, Michael had a successful career as a senior software development manager, was a loving and super involved father, avid sports fan (never missed a Maryland game) and he and family enjoyed travelling (Disney and the beach were Michael's favorites).
Over the past few weeks, Michael has been in unbearable pain and has been losing facial muscles that would cause him to eventually be “locked in”. He knew the end was coming and told his wife Dean that he was at peace and ready to go home and meet his maker and be made whole again. On July 21st, Dena lost the love of her life, Matthew (age 12) and Madison (age 8) lost their dad, Mike’s parents lost their son and so many of us lost a dear friend.
There still is no cure or real substantive treatment for this awful disease and I am more determined than ever to do my part in helping to raise money so others do not have to endure like Murray family or suffer as Michael had. I really appreciate your support and contributions. Thank you. Love, Wendy