Look out ALS, it has been 7 years now , but As You Wish are going "OFF KILTER" and wearing kilts once again this year, as promised. As "inkiltcievable!" as it might seem to they that fear haggis, we will be accepting the challenge and sporting some bonny kilts as we walk this year! We will strive to defeat ALS with the spirit of William Wallace and the Hume clan, and this year we will be rocking the park accompanied by a genuine Scottish bagpiper! As you well know, "If it's not Scottish, it's cr... well, you know!"
Thank you for helping us reach our fund raising goal! Together we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Our team is committed to raising money to support people in our community with ALS and spread awareness of the urgency to find treatment and a cure. Please consider joining our team in the Walk to Defeat ALS® or choose a team member from the list and donate to our cause.
Why We Need Your Help
Often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive and 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. Our team leader, Mark Hume, was diagnosed wiith ALS 3 days before Christmas in 2012. Encouraged by the amazing support of family, friends, and coworkers, Mark is still living a blessed life.
This crippling disease can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease although support is bringing researchers closer to an answer. With approximately 30,000 ALS fighters in the U.S. and approximately 165 in Orange County, ALS is not attractive target for the pharmaceutical industry. However, this reality makes your support more urgent and effective. In the mean time it costs an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need. ALSA is amazing in the support and assistance they provide families. Mark has been a grateful recipient of this support.
Five years ago our team was off the hook and raised $23,000! Four years ago we raised $14,000. 2 years ago I was somewhat out of commission. Our challenge this year is to raise $15,000, and you know we can! Help make a difference and donate or join the walkin' team today! Let's kick ALS in the ASS!
The ALS Association of Orange County offers amazing support to individuals with ALS and their families. They have supported me and my family in wonderful ways including the sexy electric wheelchair I will be riding in the walk. They also support ALS research which is searching for a cure.