It’s that time of year again! The 2023 Walk To Defeat ALS will be held on Sunday, April 30th.
Last year you may remember my Uncle Jim Speck was diagnosed with ALS. Sadly this past year he succumbed to this terrible disease. This year we are now asking for donations and supporting this cause in memory of Paul Speck (my Father), Dorthy Speck (my Grandma), Jim Speck (my Uncle), Larry Speck (my Uncle) and Cathy Speck (my Aunt). We are once again signing up to participate in the local Walk to Defeat ALS event to help raise awareness and funds for ALS. ALS has ravaged our familiy and it means a lot to us to try and make a difference and find a cure so that future generations don't have to worry about losing a loved one to this horrible disease.
This year’s walk will be held Sunday, April 30th at Riverbend Park in Bend, OR. Walk check in starts at 11:00 am and the walk starts at 12:00 pm (you can find more information on this on the event home page). The walk is an easy 2 mile course along the river. With our busy schedule these days (three boys in baseball and indoor soccer) we are still trying to figure out if we can attend in person. Please reach out to me personally as we get closer to the walk and I'll let you know if we'll be there. Regardless we want to do our part and help raise awareness and some needed funds in support of this cause.
The walk date is only approximately two weeks away and we are just getting started toward our team goal of $6,000. This will be the thirteenth year participating in this event (one with Paul and twelve now without, I can’t even believe it’s been that long now) and every year we've had tremendous support from all our family and friends. Thank you all so much for everything you have done in the past and let's rally together once again to make this another great year. Please do what you can, every little bit helps. Thank you!
And a little extra info below:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of a person with ALS averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis. ALS can strike anyone, and presently there is no known cause or cure.
The past two years have brought incredible advancements in ALS research, expanded access to care for people living with ALS, and enabled legislation that impacts the quality of life of people with ALS and their families.
But, we can’t stop now. The key to a cure begins with you.
Please consider walking with me or sponsoring me. With your help, we will be able to make a difference in the lives of people affected by this disease.