I could talk about our grief, but our focus today is on hope. Hope for a cure, hope for successful treatment. Hope for afflicted individuals and families. Hope for this family and our friends who have lost a loved one and search for healing from this devastating disease. This disease is not an incurable disease, it is an underfunded disease. My husband Kirk lost his fight for life on May 4th 2016. He battled for eighteen months after learning of his diagnosis. While we as a family had eighteen months to prepare ourselves for the inevitable, he carried the burden of assumption silently for 1-2 years before his final diagnosis. After learning of his affliction with this disease he was destined to live every day that he could and to prepare each of us for our lives to follow. If I had three words to describe Kirk, I would call him a man of intergrity,a humanitarian and a champion. With that in mind, finishing this race for the cure is unmistakably the right thing to do. Let us not give hope with our words but let us give hope with action. Walk with us on May 6th and donate to the ALS Association.