I miss you.
Those are the three words that I say every time I think about my dad.
When I was seven years old, my dad died of ALS. His having ALS greatly impacted my childhood and relationship with him, preventing us from doing 'typical' father-son activities. I've now lived more of my life without my dad than I did with him, and I continue to feel the loss of him every single day.
In honor of ALS Awareness Month, which just ended, the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) recently launched the new campaign #InThreeWords. My three words are at the top of this page.
For those who don’t know, ALS stands for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS disconnects your muscles from your nerves, which ends up paralyzing all the muscles in your body. ALS can strike anyone and there is no cure or effective treatment.
Every year I raise money for ALS research in memory of my dad. This year, with the goal of reaching $15,028, I’m supporting ALS TDI, a non-profit biotech that does their own fast-track ALS research.
In addition, as a new ambassador of ALS TDI’s Young Faces of ALS, I’m participating in the Atlanta Corntoss Challenge this Saturday to fundraise for research. I hope you’ll join me! If you’d like to come, please register, create a team, and select “Dick’s Devotees” as your group.
Please consider helping me stop this horrible disease by donating securely here.
Thank you so much for your generosity.