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I walk in honor of my husband, Pat McDonald, who lost his battle to ALS on November 11, 2012. During the three years after diagnosis, and despite daily losses as his physical condition deteriorated, Pat never lost heart or complained about the challenges he experienced. In the face of insurmountable odds, he lived his life with grace and strength. He remains my inspiration as life moves forward. So, I walk for hope, I walk for a future without ALS. I walk because I can.
The Les Turner ALS Foundation’s ALS Walk for Life has raised over $10 million dollars in 13 years and is one of the largest gatherings of the ALS community in the world. In 2014, the Walk broke records as 7,000 people came together to raise $1.3 MILLION. The money we raise together goes toward helping people currently living with ALS (PALS) and their families through the Foundation’s Home and Community Services and grant programs. It also supports the Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center at Northwestern Medicine where PALS are seen by a multi-disciplinary clinical staff at the Lois Insolia ALS Clinic, ensuring no part of their disease goes unseen and untreated. The Center also supports three research laboratories, each one providing hope of a future without ALS.
I’m participating in the ALS Walk for Life this year because I believe in the work of the Les Turner ALS Foundation, I believe in providing the best possible care to Chicagoland area ALS patients and their families and I believe that the money we raise together will lead to finding the cure for ALS. Join me as we Walk to end ALS.
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