The ALS Association

I Try to Spread the Word about ALS Every Chance I Get

Ashley K. Cortland, New York

My father, Staff Sgt. Thomas Glendon, was diagnosed with ALS in 2012 and passed away April 23, 2013. He served in Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was an amazing soldier and father. I miss him every day, and it was heartbreaking to watch him suffer through this disease. His ALS progressed very quickly, and within 6 months, he completely lost his speech and mobility. I try to spread the word about ALS every chance I get because it is truly amazing how many people do not know what the disease is. I have to admit when my father was diagnosed I had to do some research. I knew it was terminal but did not know the details. I hope for a cure because it is an awful disease, and I don't want others to have to watch the ones they love suffer the way I watched my dad suffer. He died at the age of 47 and was taken from us far too soon. I want to make him proud by continuing to walk for him every year and raise money as well as awareness so we can find a cure for ALS.

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