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Last chance: Walk to D'Feet ALS

Reposting as the walk is this Saturday. If you were thinking about donating, now's the time to step up to the plate. If you weren't, well, use the scroll bar.

As most of you know, my mom was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (A.L.S.) this spring. This is the same disease that Stephen Hawking has. Only not everyone has his notoriety. A.L.S. is a progressive condition where the nerves that carry messages to the muscles slowly stop working. It's not pretty and it results in near paralysis.

The A.L.S. Association of America, Evergreen Chapter (you know, the local western washington chapter) is holding a fundraiser September 22nd, the Walk to D'Feet A.L.S. The money goes to support the equipment loan locker program, support groups, patient services and programs designed to provide information, nationally accredited research, and the certified A.L.S. Clinic at Virginia Mason in Seattle.

Other than the nationally accredited research, these are all things that my mom has used directly. And the research certainly holds out the hope that something will be found to help her. The loan locker provided her a wheelchair when she wanted to go to an event but couldn't stand for the entire occasion. The support group has provided valuable advice and a kind soul there gave her an $8,000 speech computer that is one of the few ways she can talk. The A.L.S. clinic puts together all the specialists that she needs in one place: speech therapists, respiratory therapists, doctors, neurologists, nurses, occupational therapists, and more. All who know the ins and outs of A.L.S. They know way more than the folks doing such things in their own offices. I've seen it.

My mom has a team walking in this fundraiser. It would mean a lot to me, and to her, if you would sponsor her team. In other words, donate some money. $5. $10. Or even $100. It goes to support things that she uses.


And I'll make the same offer I made last year with regard to Darfur. If anyone on my friends list donates money and forwards me the receipt you get via email, I'll match the donation.

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gargoylettelc From: gargoylettelc Date: September 18th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did this. Did you get my confirmation?
gkr From: gkr Date: September 18th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup! And matched it.
gargoylettelc From: gargoylettelc Date: September 18th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
dangergirljones From: dangergirljones Date: September 18th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Erik and I are coming up and walking
gkr From: gkr Date: September 18th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
superleanne From: superleanne Date: September 18th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't have your email, but you should be able to see on my entry on the site. Let me know if you still need me to forward the confirmation.
ravenmimura From: ravenmimura Date: September 19th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
i just wanted to get confirmation that you got my email receipt with the donation. when i thought about it just now, i realized i wasn't sure that i'd heard anything from ya.

gkr From: gkr Date: September 19th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup. Got yours.
kindofstrange From: kindofstrange Date: September 20th, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wish I'd seen your posting earlier. As is, I've donated to Erin's and got MS to match. It's not much, but every bit helps, eh? :)
gkr From: gkr Date: September 20th, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Every bit does help. But still feel free to send me the receipt and I'll match yours as well. I don't care if you donated on Erin's or mine, it all goes to the same spot.
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