The ALS Association

I Walk for Those Who Can't

Debbie C. Akron, Ohio

My brother was diagnosed in the summer of 2012. I didn't know too much about ALS other than it was something bad. My brother managed to live at home, by himself until January 2013 when we had to move him to a wonderful facility that took great care of him. We had a lot to learn about ALS still, and the nursing home that he was in had to learn with us. Neil was their first ALS patient. Neil always had a smile on his face and never lost the spirit that he had. He loved getting visitors and never told anyone to leave. Neil was a big time hunter and fisherman before he got sick, and he really missed that. His friends and family made it better for him though. Christmas 2013 I decided that I wanted to "wallpaper" his room with Christmas Cards.....I set up an event on Facebook for anyone to send him cards....he got almost 200 cards....and he read every one of them! He loved them. March 17, 2014, my big brother lost his fight with ALS. St. Patrick's Day will never be the same. I started doing the Walk to Defeat ALS in 2013 to help raise awareness for this aweful monster that attacks innocent people. No one should have to suffer through this disease. We need to find a cure, and I pray that we find it soon. Neil said everyone has a task in life...his was ALS; mine is the Walk to Defeat ALS to raise awareness for those that do not know about it. I walk for those who can't.

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