Thank you for visiting our team page, and supporting Dave Muritz in his fight against ALS! Whether you're sending encouragement by walking, donating, or fundraising, our family is greatly appreciative for everyone who contributes to this noble cause. We walk for many families from Volvo and the local area that are affected by this terrible disease. Local money raised stays local to help these families.
Dave has been battling ALS for over 10 years--surpassing the average life expectancy of those afflicted, and he's still going! Though now bed-ridden and immobile, he draws a measure of comfort in knowing he has friends and family out there who haven't forgotten him. As a team, we are Dave's muscles, and we'll continue to work towards finding a cure for Lou Gehrig's Disease, while ensuring others who are afflicted get as much support as possible through the efforts of the ALS Association.
Though Dave is just one person, and our individual donations may be small, when we turn out in numbers we CAN make a difference in the lives of others, and in furthering research to combat and stop ALS. If you turned out to last year's walk, you know that Dave is not alone: there are many others like him out there, and so many more whose lives have been directly and indirectly affected by ALS. By turning out to support those afflicted, and their caregivers, we are fortifying them with a measure of hope and inspiration for the year to come, as they face the challenges of living with ALS on a daily basis.
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Why We Need Your Help
The ALS Association has supplied Dave with important and valuable tools in the past that improved his quality of life. Association staff members would visit him in home to check on his progress and offer support. They continue to provide forthcoming information about research and legislation regarding Lou Gehrig's Disease; and continue to aid others in their fight against ALS.
Every dollar we raise ensures that someone else will not have to face this disease alone. Every dollar we raise is given with the hope, that one day; a diagnosis of ALS will no longer entail the awful struggle that it has for Dave and his family.
Facts About ALS
Lou Gehrig's Disease, or 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 an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.
Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
This crippling disease can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease yet it still costs loved ones an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need.