June 14, 2013

In Memory: Father's Day

Wishing all the dad's out there a Happy Father's Day!

On Sunday, October 20, 2013, I'm joining hundreds of walkers for The ALS Association’s Walk to Defeat ALS in memory of my own dad and I need your support to make my efforts really matter!

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ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a deadly illness with no known cause or cure.  It affects the motor neurons in a person's brain and spinal cord. When the motor neurons die, the muscles waste away. Gradually, a person is robbed of the ability to walk, speak, eat, and eventually breathe. Upon diagnosis, doctors give ALS patients only two to five years to live.

My dad, one of the healthiest, most active men I've ever known, died within 2 years of diagnosis and watching him degenerate before my eyes is something that will always be with me. I'm walking in his memory and for all those people who have ALS who can't. My personal fundraising goal is to inspire every one of my friends to donate at least $20 - $100 to this cause, and I hope you’ll help me reach it.

By making a one-time, tax-deductible donation, you can truly make a difference in the fight against ALS. Just visit my online fundraising website listed below to make a donation.
Any amount you feel comfortable giving is deeply appreciated. Every dime makes a difference! With your support, we can make a positive impact today in the lives of those living with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Mary Jo Matsumoto

P.S. Please forward this to as many people as possible and encourage them to donate too!

About The ALS AssociationThe ALS Association is the only national nonprofit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships. The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.

Click here to visit my personal page.

Click here to view the team page for MARY JO MATSUMOTO

* If you would like to be a Fund-Raising Walker on my team {give, ask others to donate + walk} please click here!


Kim Alston said...

mary jo, it's a dreadful disease. i'm sorry to hear about your father. that's hard to go through. my father passed in 2007. he was a diabetic. he spent 2 weeks in the hospital and various organs shut down. it was hard for me. he's with you though and he would be very pleased with whom you have become. ((hug))

lucia m said...

lovely post <3



Mira said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I have never heard of ALS before. It sounds horrible. Hope they can find a cure for this disease.


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Couture Carrie said...

Lovely tribute and great cause, darling!
I lost my father, too, so I know how tough this weekend can be :(


Margaret Cruzemark said...

My dad has health problems too. He has cancer. I can not say " I feel you" cause we can not compair health issues, but losing people you love feels always so wrong.
Miss Margaret Cruzemark

Tianna said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My boyfriend's dad was diagnosed about a year and a half ago - so it's been a hard journey so far that I know is only going to get harder. I would love to participate in the walk in October!

m e l i g r o s a said...

that's admirable of you maryjo, hugs

Kimia Kline said...

Mary Jo, thank you so much for sharing this about your sweet dad and his experience with Lou Gehrig's. I think your fundraising goal is *wonderful* and know you will achieve it.

MOSAMUSE said...

oh wow..sending love to you today! I'm also without my father on Fathers day and I know the feeling


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