Let's be totally honest here, too. My dad is not the sort of sugar coated teddy bear of a man sharing his lemonade with the masses, either. He's rough, strong, hardworking, has high expectations, and even grumbles sometimes, but you'll never meet a man so loving, tender, patient, or humble. You'd have to be to raise 7 daughters! He's my rock and I couldn't admire him more! I could go on and on, but he is also too modest for much flattery. Instead, I'd like to provoke some action on his behalf...
You see, about a year and a half ago my dad was diagnosed with ALS. Often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that weakens and eventually destroys motor neurons. In other words, for reasons that are totally unknown, the motor neurons basically stop signaling the muscles of the body to work. It often starts in the arms and legs and then begins to rob the body of it's ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe.It does not effect any mental functioning, just the muscle of the body.
There are no known causes of ALS and there is no cure. Fifty percent of those living with ALS die within 3 years of diagnosis; 20% live 5 years; and 10% live 10 years.
We're realistic about ALS, but we are also optomistic. We want to help raise funds for research and to help other families living with ALS.
We've started a team, "Steve's Stripling Warriors" for the Walk to defeat ALS. The walk we are part of is in Seattle on September 27th so I'd like to see what we can accomplish this next week before the walk, but any help anytime is MUCH appreciated.
So show us your love and support:
- Make a donation: It does not have to be anything big, a dollar here and there makes a difference and really the support is what is most welcome!
- Join the team: If you aren't in Seattle to actually walk you can still join us is raising funds. Boz, Jack, Elyette, and I can't be in Seattle, but we are signed up as "virtual walkers".
-Leave a comment: Even if you hardly know us, leave a comment on this blog post. Just leave your name if you'd like. For each person/group that leaves thier name and/or comment we will donate $1 to the cause.
Thanks for helping us show Dad/Grampa how much we love and appreciate him!
From a few of Steve's Stripling Warriors.
We honor you, and we love you!
-Boz, Maegan, Elyette, and Jack
Note: I've put added a link for donations on our blog's side tab so you can see our progress and/or make donations from there.