I know that right now funds are tight for everyone especially because we just don't know what's happening with our future and economy but if you're in a position to make any donation at this time I hope you consider making it to the ALS Association WI Chapter. May is ALS awareness month and today is Giving Tuesday Now (5/5) which is a global day of unity and normally Giving Tuesday takes place in November but they've added Giving Tuesday Now this year in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. As you can imagine ALS patients and their families are majorly impacted by what is happening right now. If you're not familiar with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, it's a disease that weakens muscles, impacts physical function and is 100% fatal. It robs patients of their hands, arms and legs, as well as their ability to speak, swallow and ultimately breathe and even though now there's a much greater understanding of the disease there is still no cure and it can affect anyone at any time.
The mission of the ALS Association WI Chapter is to lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global, cutting-edge research, and to empower people with ALS and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. You can join the fight against ALS by volunteering your time, getting involved in their events, donating equipment and of course making donations. Today for Giving Tuesday Now you can join the movement by sharing the #GIVEHOPEpassiton page on Facebook and asking your friends and family to pass it on too and you can of course make a donation by clicking here.
I first learned about ALS when my friend Sarah's Dad was diagnosed with the disease in 2012. He unfortunately lost his battle with ALS in June 2016 but since then Sarah, her family and friends and myself continue to fight so that one day we can finally cure this horrible disease. If you aren't in a position to make a donation at this time maybe you'll considering joining mine and Sarah's Walk to Defeat ALS team? Our team name is iHeart Mike's Milers in remembrance of her dad Mike Del Ponte. The walk takes place on Sunday, October 11 at Wisconsin State Fair Park. Click here to get more info and join our team!
Thank you so much for any support you can offer. Words cannot express how grateful we are! Here are pictures of Sarah and I from previous ALS Association of WI events.