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About this cause:My Grandmother, Edna Martin, had symptoms of ALS surface in 2004 and was diagnosed in 2007. She kept her strength and amazing zest for life alive while this disease took hold of her body. She may have lost her ability to move and her ability to speak, but she never lost her ability to communicate her love for life or her love for us. She always told me to 'Keep Smiling' and my Grandmother kept smiling until her very last day.
Thank you for helping me reach my Walk to Defeat ALSÂ® fundraising goal! This is an exciting opportunity for us to work together to support those affected by Lou Gehrig's Disease and to spread awareness of the urgency to find treatments and a cure.
With your help, we will be able to make a difference in the lives of people affected by this disease. I encourage you get your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers involved!
Why We Need Your Help
Often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.
Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
This crippling disease can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease though support is bringing researchers closer to an answer. In the mean time it costs an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need. Help make a difference and donate or join a walk today.
We honor Edna each day by helping to Defeat ALS
(Edna Lois Martin December 9, 1926 ~ January 30, 2009 * 82 years young)