Because of our success last year of raising over $12,400, we have once again set an ambitious goal of $12,500. Hopefully, the virtual Walk will allow for greater participation and make reaching this goal possible.
Team McDonald is "steppin up for those who can't" (a phrase coined by Bob) in memory of Bob, the friends I've lost, the loved ones some of you have lost and for others who can't "step up" for themselves.
The Virtual Walk to Defeat ALS is November 14. This year I am asking Team members to take three actions. FIRST: Make a donation on this Team McDonald page or send a check to Anita at 4313 N. Placita de Susana, Tucson, AZ 85718, made out to the "ALS Association,AZ." SECOND:Go on your favorite walk at your favorite time on the 14th and wear your Team McDonald or ALS t-shirt, if you have one. THIRD: Takepictures and send them to Anita via text or email. Call her (520-271-7207)to share where you are walking.
There will be recognitions for pictures sent to Anita.
Recognitions will be given for the first picture sent of a person wearing a Team McDonald or ALS t-shirt, the most people joining you on the Walk.....socially distanced of course, the most scenic the most unusual, the picture taken the farthest from Tucson, the cutest pet joining you on your walk, the first picture sent by a person who prefers to bike ride instead of walk and the best picture that exudes people having fun.
While the Walk will take place on Saturday, November 14th, contributions to the 2020 Walk can be accepted until December 31, 2020. So we can continue our fundraising until the end of the year. Contributions after that date will give us a head start on the 2021 effort.
Below are just a few points of information you can share as you seek donations and support for the Walk.
Let's keep our focus and energy to make a difference for the ALS patients in Southern Arizona.
Why We Need Your Help
ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, 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. You can now understand why we are so grateful that Bob defied these averages and continued his fight for nine years.
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 $250,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need.