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The ALS Association

I won't stop until there is a cure.

Carla A. Missouri City, Texas

Daddy has worked every day for my whole life (and I'm sure for most of his) always saying that he wanted to give us the best of everything - and he has and continues to do just that. He's worked and saved (what he could) to put toward his dream retirement plan - a home on a golf course community in Texas. One year ago, just before his retirement, he got the news that what we thought was a damaged disc in his spine repairable with a simple, but costly, surgery was in fact ALS. This was the first time in my life that I have really seen Daddy cry. Fast forward to one year later, he's still working, only now, it's to be able to afford medical visits and whatever devices, equipment and other medical support he may need. How devastating to have worked your whole life, to have sacrificed time with your family and children to be able to give them everything you could, to now be faced with working - literally until you no longer can - to pay for something for which there is no cure and almost no hope. I know we are not alone in this. I know other people feel the way we do, but I also know that there has to be more that we can do. There has to more that we can invest - and by "we" I mean not only pALS, but those with the much needed resources and legislative/financial power. I won't stop until I have done everything I can to give my Dad everything I can - to know that I was a part of something that could not only save him, but save thousands more. I won't stop until there is a cure. We can all only hope it's discovered soon ... before ...

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