BENEFITING: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association
In 2006, I lost my Mom to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease or ALS. I had never heard of this progressive neuromuscular disease before my Mom's diagnosis, and I learned that it is not very well known. In the case of an ALS patient, the motor neurons (which carry signals from the brain to the muscles throughout the body) die and the patient is left unable to speak, swallow, walk, move, and eventually breathe. The average life expectancy for a patient living with ALS is 2 - 5 years. There is no known cure. My Mom was diagnosed in late August of 2004, and struggled with the disease until her passing in early August 2006. For those two years, I became her stay-at-home caretaker. We often hugged and cried together, wishing we could communicate like we used to. Through donations, families living with ALS are offered a way to communicate with electronic devices, wheel chairs, assisted breathing machines, suction devices, bathing equipment, and upright beds. But the most important thing that your donation provides, is research. One day, we will know what causes ALS, and we will find the cure.