We have decided to take on the greatest physical challenge of our lives and run the Boston Marathon on April 15th in honor of our Dad's battle with ALS.
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease), is a progressive and fatal neuromuscular disease that affects the body's voluntary muscle movement. The condition rapidly progresses from muscle weakness to paralysis of the limbs and eventually, to vital functions such as speech, swallowing and breathing. There is no cure for ALS and the average life expectancy of an ALS patient is two to five years.
Our Dad, who just celebrated his 63rd birthday, was diagnosed early last year after experiencing weakness in his left leg. Since that fateful day, he has been an inspiration to everyone who knows him. His optimism and love of life and family have been unrelenting. We believe there is a reason our Dad was chosen for this battle; he is brave, self-less and full of hope, and as our Mom says, is truly "showing us the way." We draw from his strength every day (especially training days) and believe we are going to find a cure in his lifetime.
As Dad is faced with this challenge, we have committed ourselves to running the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 as part of Team ALSMA. The Massachusetts Chapter of the ALS Association provides no-cost services to ALS families like ours, which include support groups, home visits, counseling, equipment loans, and community resources. In addition to the numerous patient-care programs offered, the ALS Association funds cutting-edge global research in hopes that one day soon we will find a cure to this insidious disease. To learn more about this wonderful organization, please visit www.alsassociationma.org.
Dad never missed one of our athletic events; always on the sidelines cheering us on. Now it's time for us to be his cheerleaders.
We would love your support by making a donation and sponsoring us for the 2013 Boston Marathon. We will be thinking of each and every one of you as we make our way to the finish line!
With much gratitude,
Kathleen and Pam
"Charity and personal force are the only investments worth anything." - Walt Whitman