As many of you are aware, on December 9, 2013 Kay was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and died on August 24, 2019. Kay was extremely tough and fought with more determination than she has anything else, for one more day with her loved ones.
Kay inspired us all with her writings, sharing her journey with ALS. Please see Kay's Shining Stars on Facebook:
What gave Kay the strength and courage to rise to the challenge is you, our many family members and friends (the Stars of her life) who provided us incredible comfort and compassion. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
When we started Kay's Shining Stars for the 2014 Walk to Defeat ALS we thought it would be great if 50 people would join us and we were hopeful that if each of those people were able to raise a little over $100 we could make our goal of $6,000. Wow, did we underestimate how incredible our family and friends were! We continually raised our goal and ended up with over 125 team members (including well over 100 who joined us on Walk Day and countless others who made donations) and our team raised over $42,000! And then you did it again the last two years! Your outpouring of emotional and financial support, compassion and friendship are beyond humbling.
You have given so much of your time, energy, money and support. We hesitate to ask for more. So we are going to temper our goals somewhat this year. However, the needs of ALS patients and their families are just as great as ever, so please give whatever amount you are able to. So many others throughout Arizona who are impacted by ALS. Here's what you can do to help:
First of all, please join our team. Better yet, join our team and walk with us at Reid Park on Saturday, October 5, 2019. You'll be amazed at the strength, dignity and resolve of those affected by ALS and their families.
Secondly, help our team, Kay's Shining Stars, with our committment to raising $20,000 to support people with ALS and spread awareness of the urgency to find treatment and a cure. Once you've joined our team, make a donation. Don't like to fundraise? No problem, invite your friends and family to join the fight and collect donations.
That's it. We'd love to have 100+ people walking again this year. If you can't make it, join our team as a virtual walker and donate to our cause. Thank you for helping us. Together we will make a difference in the lives of those affected by Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Why We Need Your Help
Often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, 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. Help make a difference and donate or join a walk today.