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I will be running the Strike Out ALS 5K at US Cellular Field on June 1st to raise awareness and money to help find a cure for ALS. The money raised from this event funds research at Northwestern Hospital to work toward a cure for my mom and everyone else suffering from this horrible disease, as well as helping to provide care for Chicago area ALS patients. Private donations are critical to finding a cure for this disease as pharmaceutical companies do not fund the research & development of potential treatments as the cost outweighs the potential profits for them. There is some promising research out there putting the Ice Bucket Challenge money from the summer of 2014 to good use, but researchers need more funding and resources at their disposal to keep the momentum going.
What makes ALS particularly devastating is that there is no hope if you get this diagnosis. There is no medication, surgery, therapy, or other treatment option to slow this disease. When it hits, it hits hard and fast. In August 2014, my mom was perfectly healthy when she participated in the ice bucket challenge and pledged a donation to the ALS Association. A few months later, she started exhibiting her first symptoms. Now, about a year and a half later, she is confined to a wheel chair and can't move, talk, or even do simple things to pass the time like type or control the TV remote as she is confined to her own body. Yet she still manages to make the most of her time with family and friends and is able to keep inspiring us every day.
There is hope for a future without ALS as awareness and donations have increased in the past 2 years. My mom's doctors said that there would be a cure by now if the funding had always been there. With people's generosity, that could become a reality. I'm starting with a $1,000 donation in honor of my grandmothers, and I ask that you please consider donating to help me reach my goal of $5,000 for this event. Thank you!
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