My dad was diagnosed with ALS in August 2017. He'd been experiencing foot drop for a number of months, and increasing weakness in his right leg, and after seeing numerous specialists, we sat together and the doctor gave us the diagnosis. Typical of my Dad, he'd already suspected and done hours of research to understand the disease. Before, Dad would take on huge projects like re-shingling and painting the house, creating secret hide-a-ways for me and my brothers or adding a shower to our upstairs bathroom. He's a man of all trades: construction, plumbing, electricity, gardening, car mechanics, computer genius. And now, although he is losing his mobility, he still has many projects (right now it's compiling his family history). Since the diagnosis, he continuously seeks potential treatments and research to halt the progression of the disease. Although he is the first one to make a joke about his slow pace, it's been really hard to see him adapt to living with ALS. My wonderful aunt has taken action and created a team to run in the BMO Marathon to raise money to go to the ALS Society of British Columbia. They have already been a tremendous help to our family. I'd love it if you come run with me (it's on Sunday May 6), or if you made a donation to the ALS Society through my fundraising page. Thank you for your support!
I love you, Dad!