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I am overwhelmed by your ge…
I am overwhelmed by your generosity in helping us in the battle to end ALS. Often when someone hears about a person receiving terminal diagnosis they can’t face the harsh reality of it and retreat. Others open their hearts and take action, I am happy this is the path you chose. ALS isn’t a terminal disease it’s an underfunded disease. With action we can accelerate the treatment and cure from decades to years. I know I’ll be around for this and hope you know it’s not only your donation that will make this possible, but the actions you’ve taken with your heart. Not just for me but the tens of thousands of fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, soldiers, and vets battling this disease. I have set out to inspire hope, and you’ve inspired me.

We’re in the beginning of our fight, and are doing our best to make it a strong and fast battle. We’ve made a quick list of three easy ways to share our campaign to reach as many people as possible http://www.every90minutes.org/share/

With my sincere gratitude and love,

Jay

jay@90foundation.org

#Every90Minutes | The 90 Foundation
http://www.every90minutes.org
http://facebook.com/every90minutes
5 years ago
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Jay Smith
Jay Smith
Austin, TX United States
CROWDRISING SINCE: Jun 17, 2014
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During May 2014, I won a Popular Science Invention Award, celebrated my wife’s 37th birthday, went indoor skydiving to celebrate my daughter’s 7th birthday, and was diagnosed with ALS.

 

Lou Gehrig famously said during his farewell speech that he was “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” I always thought that was just a positive spin on receiving a terminal diagnosis. But now I get it. I have a blessed life. The company I founded, Livid Instruments, just celebrated 10 years in business and we are finally enjoying the success of all of our hard work. I am surrounded by an amazing, large and loving family and have amassed some of the best friends a person could ask for, both old and new. This year I will celebrate 11 years of marriage to my best friend, Missy Mekosh, and have two of the greatest little girls (Loghan 7, Peyton 4) that a Dad could ask for. So I get it Lou, I too feel like the luckiest man alive.

 

I’ve been dealt this hand and I am playing to win. Since being diagnosed I’ve continued to wakeboard with my friends, go camping with my kids, ride off-road motorcycles, started a new form of martial arts and don’t plan to stop anytime soon (follow my Facebook page for proof!). I will continue to take my company into new markets and become a better father, husband, boss, son, and friend. ALS isn’t an incurable disease it’s an underfunded disease. With proper funding, research, and treatment, the thousands of soldiers, athletes, fathers, mother, sons, and daughters diagnosed with this disease won’t have to die with it. I plan to change that, I know I can.

 

If you’re reading this, you may feel the urge to be sad, angry, or have pity. Please don’t be sorry. I’m not and you shouldn’t be. I’ve taken this time to reflect on how much love I have in my life and it’s made me happier than I’ve been in years. Take this time to reflect on your life and be thankful for what matters most. Please take a moment to help us end this disease. Finding a cure is up to us. I plan on being around for the cure of this disease. Thank you for taking part in my journey.

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