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Pure Barre Carrollwood: Create a world without ALS

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THE STORY:

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — also referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease — is a neurodegenerative disease. It is a debilitating disease with no know cause and no know cure.

ALS is close to the Pure Barre Carrollwood family because Leanne's brother & Shannon's uncle was diagnosed 4 years ago in September. We chose ALS to increase not only awareness, but to raise money for the research of this disease. So that some day when a loved one is diagnosed with ALS, there is hope.

ALS is characterised by muscle spasticity, rapidly progressive weakness due to muscle atrophy, difficulty in speaking, swallowing, and breathing.

ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease.

Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death.

When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become TOTALLY PARALYZED.

Most commonly, ALS strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time.

ALS has cut short the lives of other such notable and courageous individuals as Hall of Fame pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Senator Jacob Javits, actors Michael Zaslow and David Niven, creator of Sesame Street Jon Stone, television producer Scott Brazil, boxing champion Ezzard Charles, NBA Hall of Fame basketball player George Yardley, pro football player Glenn Montgomery, golfer Jeff Julian, golf caddie Bruce Edwards, British soccer player Jimmy Johnstone, musician Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter), photographer Eddie Adams, entertainer Dennis Day, jazz musician Charles Mingus, former vice president of the United States Henry A. Wallace and U.S. Army General Maxwell Taylor.

PLEASE help us not only raise awareness, but raise funds for this crippling disease.

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$1,982

MONEY RAISED
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  • Pure Barre Carrollwood

    $100

  • Jennifer Buckley

    $100

  • Julie Factor Kerney

    $50

  • Frank H. Kerney, Jr

    $50

  • Graham & Donna Bergquist

    $100

  • Nicole Kaspi & Baby Ethan

    $50

  • The Morgado Family

    $50

  • Leanne and Tom

    $100

  • Gillian Smith, Brisbane, Australia

    $100

  • John & Diana Russell

    $100

  • Frank Kerney

    $100

  • Genevieve Dwyer

    $50

  • Sarah Shellman

    $50

  • Suzy Klein

    $100

  • Jack and Abigail Miller

    $100

  • Jen O'Malley

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Cheryl Dwyer Bero

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Kathleen Cucci

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • kristen segall

    $25

  • Stefanie Nobles

    $25

  • Outer Thigh Intensive

    $67

  • Heidi B

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Gen & Steve - Bring on the Men!

    $40

  • Carissa & Ric

    $25

  • Shari & Casey

    $25

  • AnnMarie Parrino

    $25

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66% Raised of$3,000 Goal

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Donor Comments

AnnMarie Parrino

AnnMarie Parrino

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Shari & Casey

Shari & Casey

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Carissa & Ric

Carissa & Ric

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Gen & Steve - Bring on the Men!

Gen & Steve - Bring on the Men!

DONATION: $40

Steve Bergquist 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $30

4 years ago

Heidi B

Heidi B

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Outer Thigh Intensive

Outer Thigh Intensive

DONATION: $67

4 years ago

Stefanie Nobles

Stefanie Nobles

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

kristen segall

kristen segall

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

In memory of Jay Miller. 4 years ago