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Muscular Dystrophy Association

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THE STORY:

A year and a half ago I ran into one of my graduate school professors (and mentors) outside of the Michigan Union. His name had been mentioned during the intentions at mass and I asked if he was feeling better (not yet connecting that if they prayed for him at mass it was probably something more serious than the common cold). He told me the following:

"Actually I was diagnosed a month ago with ALS. You are the first person I have told outside of my family. There is nothing they can do. Nothing."

In shock, and knowing very little about ALS (or Lou Gerhig's Disease), I did research online. He was right. At the moment, nothing can be done. He will watch as his body deteriorates. He will not see his daughters graduate from high school or be at their wedding or meet his grandchildren. Most individuals die 3-5 years after the initial diagnosis. What upset me most about the situation was the lack of hope.

How does one get through such a situation without hope?

Last week I received a phone call: I am being thrown in jail* by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. My "bail"? $1,000. Normally, I am hesitant to participate in these types of fundraisers (in fact, this is my first). However, as I was about to politely turn them down, I remembered the story above and it served as a call to action. We need to find cures for these diseases, especially those that affect children.

I go to jail on October 27th and have to raise $1,000 by that time. I hope that you will consider bailing me out by making a donation today. Any size donation will help. Small gifts do make a big impact.

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