PALS -- patients with ALS (perhaps more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease ) -- and their families need our help. ALS is a progressive, 100% fatal neuro-muscular disease that robs vibrant individuals of their independence and dignity, taking away their ability to walk, eat, speak, and breathe without assistance, before ultimately claiming their lives. More than 80 years after Lou Gehrig was stricken by it, the cause of ALS is still an utter mystery and there is no known cure. In 2010, my mother, Mimi Harris, who had been a 20-year breast cancer survivor at the time, was diagnosed with ALS and died 6 months later.
On Sunday, March 15th, I'll be running in the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon as part of "Team ALS" to support the ALS Association's untiring efforts to help PALS and their families. Please join me in sponsoring "Team ALS" with a charitable donation to the ALS Association. I can personally attest that it will be money well spent. The ALS Association is dedicated to funding scientific research that offers the possibility of breakthrough discoveries in ALS treatment, and to providing essential support, services, and equipment to PALS and their family members. Your donation will get allocated toward one of these areas -- each gift, big or small, will have a tangible positive impact. Please click on the big blue "Donate" button in the upper right margin of this page to donate.
Thanks for your attention and consideration. On behalf of the ALS Association and Team ALS, I'm deeply appreciative for your donation
Bob Harris, Team ALS
 From Wikipedia: Lou Gehrig was an American baseball player in the 1920s and 1930s, who in 1969 was voted the greatest first baseman of all time by the Baseball Writer's Association. Popularly called "The Iron Horse" for his durability, over a 15-season span from 1925 through 1939, he played in 2,130 consecutive games, the streak ending only when Gehrig became disabled at age 36 by the fatal neurological disease that claimed his life two years later. On July 4, 1939, the New York Yankees retired Gehrig's uniform number "4", making him the first player in Major League Baseball history to be accorded that honor.
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