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ALS Worldwide - My Birthday

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Maria Guedes


Dear Friends and Family!,

My birthday is just around the corner, and this year I'll be the magical age of 25! Those who know me should also know that what I love the most is having friends and family around... and presents! For this reason, this year I would like to make a special present request, for a cause which is very close to my heart.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells (neurons) responsible for controlling voluntary muscles (muscle action we are able to control, such as those in the arms, legs, and face). Eventually, all muscles under voluntary control are affected, and individuals lose their strength and the ability to move their arms, legs, and body.
Most people with ALS die from respiratory failure, usually within 3 to 5 years from the onset of symptoms. Only about 10 percent of those with ALS survive for 10 or more years.

ALS WORLDWIDE, established in 2008 by co-founders Stephen and Barbara Byer, is a not for profit organization dedicated to the support of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis patients and families. Their efforts focus on obtaining and providing information, advice, direction, support, guidance and, perhaps most importantly, hope.
Their most important mission however is to improve the quality of each day for those with ALS.


I am hoping that with your help I can raise money to donate to the ALS Worldwide Foundation, and help those people, and their families, who suffer with this terrible disease.

You can read more about ALS WORLDWIDE here



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