On October 8, 2016, my father (Bill James) passed away from a long battle with ALS. He was a strong man who helped everyone he came across, and he loved God, his family, and his friends. His impact upon everyone he crossed paths with was evident at his funeral, as the funeral home was packed with people paying their respects.
Upon Dad's diagnosis, I made an internal decision to do everything I could to fight this terrible disease. I watched as my Dad slowly lost the ability to speak, feed himself, and even move. I don't want to see another person go through the same terrible situation. Therefore, I am walking to defeat ALS.
If you're in the central Kentucky region, I invite you to join my team and walk with me. I invite everyone, though, to donate to this worthy cause. I write this with tears in my eyes: ALS needs to be ended, and every cent of your donation will go towards that goal.
Thank you for walking with me. Thank you for donating. Thank you if you are doing both. I am eternally grateful.
The meaning behind our team name:
Our team name for the walk might be odd, but it fits Dad. He was an avid fisherman, and I constantly poked fun at him about catching more and bigger fish than he did. So I usually made fun of the small bluegill that he'd catch when we went crappie fishing. He'd laugh, and he even sometimes caught bigger and more fish than I did. So to remember a warm memory, I have named the team "Bill's Bluegills."
From the ALS Association:
Thank you for helping us reach our fund raising goal! Together we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by ALS. Our team is committed to raising money to support people in our community with ALS and spread awareness of the urgency to find treatment and a cure. Please consider joining our team in the Walk to Defeat ALS® or choose a team member from the list and donate to our cause.
Why We Need Your Help
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of a person with ALS averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.
Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
ALS can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease, yet it still costs loved ones an average of $250,000 a year to provide the care people living with ALS and their families need. Join the movement to provide help and hope today!