On June 14, 2014, the ALS Society of Canada is holding another Walk For ALS fundraiser… and this year I’ve felt led to participate.
ALS was the affliction that rapidly crippled my mother over the course of a year before her passing in 2012. She was diagnosed unexpectedly with Lou Gherig’s disease, after a fall at her home that broke her wrists and sent her to the hospital. The gruelling year that followed was long, difficult, and painful.
Her condition slowly deteriorated over the months that followed, slowly, as she lost physical abilities that we all take for granted, even as her mind remained clear and sober - her body simply shut down, bit by bit.
My father was at her side throughout the ordeal, but with myself and brother living distant from them, we used whatever opportunity we had to visit. It was not easy in the slightest. But she was surrounded by love and supported by friends and selflessly caring individuals.
Seeing what ALS can do to a loved one first hand - and in such a short period of time - is something you can never forget. I remember the questions and medical uncertainties surrounding the cause and treatments that would become her life for the next year. But her determination and strength was apparent throughout the ordeal right to the very end; her faith and spirit never wavering. She became my inspiration, both for personal strength and for my own faith, for not giving up, for standing up and persevering against all odds… and towards finding a way to spread her story.
You can pledge your support via this link
. Please find the “Sponsor Me” button, and follow the instructions for secure online donation.Thank you, thank you!
This condition is debilitating and takes an enormous emotional toll on the victim, and friends and family. And for that reason I’ve decided to take up the Walk this year, and try to do some part, however small it may be, in raising awareness and funding for equipment, support services, education for the ALS Community, and for ongoing research towards a cure.
If as you’re reading this you feel led to support and sponsor me, first you have my undying gratitude for listening and even considering! Even if you’re willing and able to donate $5, $10, $15, or whatever amount you feel comfortable with, any donation is helpful and beneficial towards the cause, and I’d be sincerely grateful.
Please, support my walk!
You can pledge support online or by phone - more details and a donation submission form are available on my WalkForALS profile.
(and by all means contact me if you have any questions!)
My current fund raising goal is $300, but I would absolutely love to boost that up a notch any time the amount is exceeded! How awesome that would be :)
Personally, I have never done a fundraiser like this before. It is a solid first for me. So I’d also ask, that if person you choose not to sponsor me, please, please take a moment and spread the word, pass the link. Or, find someone else you know who may also be doing the walk - it’s Canada-wide - and support them.
If you wish, please peruse this website as well - it was set up as a means for me to share in my own exploration of my family history, inspired by my sister’s life and influence on those around her. Caroline lived a short life, dying a year before my birth, having lived in a form of bodily prison herself, struggling due to complications from birth. My mother loved her dearly, and had hoped to publish Caroline’s short biography before she’d passed, as a simple encouragement to those who read. And so, I set up this blog and website as a way for me to document and share my journey through her story, Finding Caroline.