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Wisconsin Chapter
My Name is John Mankowski and I Have ALS
My name is John Mankowski and I have ALS. I am sharing my story to tell you why I Walk to Defeat ALS, and the direct impact you have when you walk too.
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Wisconsin Chapter
Robyn Neilsen & the Story of Skippy's Team
Just in time for Walk season Skippy's Team is the stuff of legend at the Milwaukee Walk to D'Feet ALS.
Over 100 team members strong, Robyn and the crew just don't quit. Year after year they gather, now going on 7 years since Kip's passing, and set records for raising hope and funds.
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ALS Association
The Three of Us, Telling Stories Through Music
Most songwriters will tell you, the key to a really good song is the lyrics, a story being told with unique chords and melodies, evoking a specific emotion and compelling listeners to connect and share. No one knows this better than the Swope family, sharing their beautiful memories and storytelling through music, rhythm and song.
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ALS Association
AMX0035 Approved! How We Got Here and What Comes Next
The ALS Association spent over $2 million helping fund the development and clinical trial of AMX0035. When the results of that trial showed it was safe and effective in treating ALS, the ALS Association led an advocacy campaign to push the FDA to approve the drug. After two years of advocacy, the FDA finally approved AMX0035. 
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ALS Association
How Far Would You Dare Go to End ALS?
Matt Miller might just be the most shameless member of ‘Team Finlay,’ having spent the last 10 years taking outlandish dares from family and friends to raise money for his cousin Jack. From sleeping on roofs to participating in water aerobics dressed like Jane Fonda, there is nothing Matt won’t do to help fight ALS.
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Greater Philadelphia Chapter / ALS Association
Jackie Cox: Why She Fights for the ALS Community
Jackie could have been the The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter's volunteer of the month years before her mother's ALS diagnosis. Ironically, in 2013, her dedication to the ALS mission took on an entirely new meaning for her.
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Wisconsin Chapter
Finding Her Story: Erin Vierstra
Erin Vierstra found the group Her ALS Story while scrolling on Instagram a little over a year ago. Erin's story is one with a long family history, and being a part of this group of women has given her a support, space to be, a platform and inspiration to keep a good thing going and growing.
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ALS Association
ALS – All in This Together
An avid skier, cyclist, and hiker, Father Jim has been a pastor at St. Michael’s Parish in Olympia, Washington for over twenty years. With members of the church community, he has traveled to numerous countries for both missionary work and recreational trips. A few years ago, he began having difficulties with muscle twitches, upper body weakness, and leg cramps. Before long he was diagnosed with ALS.
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ALS Association
Finding Support When and Where You Need It Most
The urge to support, or be supported, is often accentuated at times of great challenge, or uncertainty. As anyone living with ALS or being an ALS caregiver knows, this disease can bring plenty of both. That’s why The ALS Association provides support groups in every state. 
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ALS Association
Pat Dolan: Mapping the future of ALS Care, Cure and Community
Pat was a former solutions team lead at Esri, a geographic information system (GIS) company, and spent his 25-year career in GIS creatively using mapping technology to solve real-world problems in the utility industry. Forced to retire in 2018 due to the progression of his disease, he had no idea where his passion for mapping and data would take him. “After my diagnosis, I wanted to bring GIS to the ALS battle, but wasn’t sure where to start,” says Pat.
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ALS Association
Tips for Caregiver Self Care—A List of “To Dos”
In some way, shape or form, we are all list people. Some people are of the pen and paper list variety, others have taken to keeping notes on their phone or online calendar. And even those who would claim to not keep lists probably have an idea of some “to dos” they keep in their head. For ALS caregivers, far too often the last thing on their lists is themselves. So, here’s a list of ALS caregiver “to dos” for their own self-care and wellness.
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ALS Association
Advancing the Science of Preventing ALS
We discussed the incredible strides being made in the science of preventing ALS with Dr. Stephen Goutman, Director of the Pranger ALS Clinic and Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan.
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