My best friend/sister died of ALS in 2014, a year and 4 months after her formal diagnosis. If you don't know ALS, it is a disease that robs you of all your muscle use/motor skills until it kills you. Your mind is never impacted. Eventually you can't walk, use your arms, talk, swallow, eat. Some people have it start in their feet and legs others have it start in their swallowing/talking. Diane's first symptoms were changes in her talking (slurred speech) at the end of the day. Eventually it impacted her entire body. The use of the word "progress" with ALS is a negative. You watch your loved one lose functionality day by day. First not being able to pick up penny, then not a fork than not a pinecone, then nothing at all... Diane loved Pine trees and pine cones. Thus, "Team Pine cone" walks every year, first in "honor" of Diane (the picture is of Diane walking in September 2013) now in memory of her (she died in April of 2014). There is not cure and virtually, at this time, nothing they can do to slow or stop ALS. Our goal is to use fund to help prevent any family from having the journey we had to take, to find a cure or treatment for ALS.
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