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Hi Everyone!

Just a little story about why I'm raising money and a tidbit of my grandpa's journey with ALS.

It was the end of May 2013 when I was awoke to my phone ringing at around 6 AM. Extremely unusual since it was summer break and I was still off in "dream land." Well, I picked up my phone having missed the call to see that my phone read, "Missed Call - Mom." At first I wasn't going to call her back, because I was still half asleep, but I felt that in my gut something wasn't right! My mom is definitely not a morning person and she wouldn't bother me that early if everything was okay. So, I took a deep breath and called her back. Once she answered she was sobbing and I knew immediately what she was about to tell me. She said, "Dad passed away." Right then, if it could have, my heart broke. I didn't know what to do. I started sobbing and crying and asking why? Just one more day, one more hug, one more smile, anything.... Just one MORE, please?!? The days following were a blur and a very difficult time for all of us. We all leaned on each other and copped the best way we know how, like we do everyday.

My grandpa's dad had ALS, also. And I have had another family member pass away from the disease. It's awful. For my grandparents it took away their speech, being able to swallow, or drink without getting strangled. And then eventually my grandpa had to get a feeding tube. The disease destroys everything, but their mind! They are trapped and there is NO CURE!!

I know this is a little long, BUT help me raise money for this cause! Even a $1, anything will help!!
The ALS association was such a blessing for my grandparents and family through these difficult couple of years my grandpa lived on this earth! They were there to guide and help give resources among many other things! We are forever grateful for their work, they are simply amazing!!

Thanks so much and God Bless for donating!

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