|Betty by Ciurej & Lochman|
It was very difficult for everyone to watch her wither away into a shell of the vivacious person she once was. Since there is no cure for this disease and the average ALS patient's lifespan continues for only three to five years after diagnosis, her family and friends decided to get involved in the fundraising efforts for researching a cure. Betty was too sick to participate in the first walk we did in 2006 and sadly she was never able to cheer us on for the future walks since she passed away from this horrible disease in March 2007. We continue to walk to remember her and all of the others with a loved one battling ALS.
We'll be doing it again this September and our team, Betty's Bunch, would love your support! Donate to our fundraising efforts at ALSwalkforlife.org/bettysbunch
Speaking of Ice Buckets...
The thing is...it's working. Ice or not, donations are skyrocketing, which is amazing. ALS charities aren't the only ones benefiting. Many people are also donating to Charity:Water and other charitable organizations.
How did this all start you ask? Friends and supporters of Pete Frates, a college baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS in his late 20s. Watch his story here:
Other Ice Bucket Challenge videos of note?
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Foo Fighters's Carrie
Stephanie Izard's Flashdance
This really funny/sad one from Anthony Carbajal
Have you done the Ice Bucket Challenge?