We lost Mom to ALS on July 19, 2015. She had what is called bulbar onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Her first visible signs were that of a stroke. Slurred speech, numbness in face. The day we sat in an exam room at Henry Ford Hospital and she received the clinal diagnoses for ALS was numbing, the worst news possible. Learning that there was NO cure for this disease and that it was fatal is not something anyone wants to hear. All too soon she developed issues swallowing and then lost her ability to talk. The symptoms grew as time passed by, she became trapped in her body only able to blink her eyes and move her fingers to communicate with us via her iPad. With strong family and support of friends we were able to help Mom fight her battle. She never gave up. Today we need to continue to stay strong for others and fight for a cure. This organization is near and dear to our hearts as it was one we worked with while Mom was ill.
There are close to 1,000 pALS (people with ALS) in Michigan battling ALS everyday, and another 200 are diagnosed every year.
ALS of Michigan provides critically needed, community based services to Michigan pALS and their families. From respite care to speech services to equipment loans to support groups, seminars, and workshops, we are there every step of the way to make living with ALS a little bit easier.
But, we need your help!
Please support our walk team so we can continue to provide the services that our ALS community has come to depend on.
- Life's A Beach