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ALS Association
True Awareness
Diagnosed with ALS last spring, Heidi Tarr Henson, Ed.D., shares thoughts about her personal journey living with the disease and what real awareness of ALS means to her.
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ALS Association
Ken Paves: My Mother Was My Everything
In celebration of mothers everywhere today, we are honored to share the story of celebrity hairdresser and beauty expert, Ken Paves, and his amazing story about life, love and caring for his beautiful mother, Helen, who recently lost her battle with ALS.
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ALS Association
My Personal ALS Journey
I have been very fortunate and extremely unlucky in my life. I have bulbar-onset ALS. Of course, living with this “new normal” is challenging. But my previous experience with grief has informed my attitude now as well, and I try to live each day as best I can, in the most positive way possible.
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Mike Howe: ALS Volunteer and Hometown Hero
Mike will never forget receiving a phone call telling him that his best friend, Matt, had been diagnosed with ALS. The first event Mike attended for The ALS Association was a golf event in Janesville with Matt. That one event has now become years of walks and third-party events supporting The ALS Association Wisconsin Chapter.
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Jeff Elbert: I Volunteer in Honor of My Dad
We recently spoke with Jeff Elbert, volunteer and board member for The ALS Association Florida Chapter, to learn more about his personal connection to ALS and his fight to bring more critical care and support to people living with ALS and their families.
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Greater Philadelphia Chapter / ALS Association
Felicia Cleary and Hayley Noel: Volunteering to Help Create a World Without ALS
For more than ten years, Donna has worked with The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter as Director of Development. She has also been a constant advocate, supporting the chapter’s ALS families through fundraising initiatives, and a caring, compassionate ally throughout their ALS journey. Hayley and Felicia joined Donna in her mission to help people impacted by ALS when they were young girls.
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Lindsay Litterini: Why I am an ALS Volunteer
We recently caught up with Lindsay Litterini, volunteer and board member for The ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter, to learn more about her personal connection to ALS and her passion to join the fight against the disease.
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Jackie Heltz: My Journey as an ALS Volunteer
Volunteering for The ALS Association is the longest I’ve ever done anything in my life. There’s always more to be done, but creating an environment, virtual or in-person, where people impacted by ALS feel welcome, empowered, and heard is so important.
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Wisconsin Chapter
My Dad the Super Doc: Joe Kelley
Super Doc Joe Kelley was a veterinarian near Madison, WI. He left a legacy of love, laughs, and generosity.
Brenna Kelley, daughter of Super Doc Joe Kelley, shares with us Dr. Joe's story and the children's book that was written about him.
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ALS Association
Mindful Mobility
Heidi Tarr Henson, diagnosed with ALS last spring, shares thoughts about her personal journey living with the disease, how she’s managing her personal changes in mobility and how she strives to just live in the moment.
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Brett and Jeannine Schoenecker: True ALS Heroes
Before Brett’s ALS diagnosis, he was an electrician, an outdoorsman and a musician. His hands were his livelihood, creative outlet and unfortunately, the first part of his body to be affected by the disease.
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Florida Chapter
Concrete Cowboy Rides for ALS
Gene Nifenecker rode Cash the bull in the Cracker Day Rodeo to raise money for ALS and make his wife, who is living with the disease, smile.
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Greater Philadelphia Chapter / ALS Association
Peter & Lura Sawyer: True ALS Heroes
Peter Sawyer of Mechanicsburg, PA is a military veteran and has been living with ALS for five years. He and his wife and caregiver, Lura, are tireless advocates for The ALS Association’s mission and exemplify true ALS heroes.
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Tennessee Chapter / ALS Association
Carianne Meystrik: A True ALS Hero
Carianne “Cari” Meystrik is a true hero to her family, friends and the entire staff at The ALS Association Tennessee Chapter. Cari and her husband Chris had only been married for 6 ½ years when she was diagnosed with ALS in 1998 while pregnant with her fourth child. The couple thought their dreams of growing old together and raising a family were over. Instead, despite the various obstacles brought on by ALS, the Meystrik family has had incredible adventures and made precious memories that carry them through the tough times.
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Wisconsin Chapter
CheeseWheel: Making Tracks
The history of the Wisconsin "CheeseWheel" and the ALS Association Wisconsin Chapter
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Wisconsin Chapter
Hometown Hero: Mike Howe
The first one to show, the last one to go with smiles and laughs the whole way through. ALSA Wisconsin Chapter Volunteer Mike "Mr. Smiley" Howe, is our Hometown Hero this month.
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Florida Chapter
Ricky and Carole Neal – When Love Collides
Ricky and Carole Neal met on July 4th, 1985 at a car crash scene and experienced what some call "love at first sight." In the face of ALS, the couple moves forward together building mountains of support around them.
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Troy Fields: A True ALS Hero
In 2016, Troy Fields had everything going for him. A beautiful and growing family. A highly successful and satisfying career that allowed him to travel internationally. But he also started to notice signs that something wasn’t quite right. After treatment for cancer and a battery of other tests, his ALS diagnosis was eventually confirmed. Instead of focusing on what he was going to lose, Troy opted to channel his energies to be an agent of change for the ALS community.
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Florida Chapter
Loving Between the Divide
Despite divorce amidst the ALS diagnosis, Gladys and Hector Villalobos remain friends and proud grandparents. Their hearts remain full of love for their family.
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Dr. Heidi Tarr Henson: Gather your Courage
Heidi Tarr Henson, diagnosed with ALS last spring, shares thoughts about her personal journey living with the disease, what courage means to her and how she strives every day to embrace and live by this powerful virtue.
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