Who would have thought that Ron would celebrate his 60th birthday still able to walk, drive, work, travel and enjoy his family and hobbies…
Who would have thought, when in his early 40s he was told that he probably had 3 to 5 years to live. When he was told that over the next few years he would lose his ability to walk, talk, use his hands or swallow – and ultimately to breathe… When he was diagnosed with ALS..
Luckily, it turned out that Ron’s disease is much slower in progression than ALS. Today, at 60 he is active: working, driving, traveling and enjoying his children and grandchildren.
But most people diagnosed with ALS deteriorate very quickly, and need a lot of support, professional help, advice and specialized equipment to maintain their quality of life, independence and dignity as long as possible.
The ALS Society of Alberta provides assistance with all this. Their mission is to make every day the best possible day for people living with ALS. And they are doing an outstanding job.
To help fund all this work, the Society organizes a major annual fundraising event: Betty's Run for ALS. It is a great, inspiring, fun-filled event with over 1,500 participants. Betty's Run has raised over 5.5 million dollars so far for patient care and support - as well as research to ultimately find a cure for ALS.
It has become a family tradition for us to join the 5 km walk every year, and collect pledges from friends and family. Also, for five years I have been a volunteer member of the organizing committee - working year-round with the ALS Society to make this great event happen.
I would like to invite you to join the walk/run if you are in Calgary on June 8th, or to make a donation in celebration of Ron's birthday.