Why I’m running for CCALS:
I am running the 2016 Falmouth Road Race with Compassionate Care ALS in memory of my grandpa, Robert Bossman. My grandpa was diagnosed with ALS in the fall of 2013 and he lost his battle with the disease on February 24, 2014. Overcoming ALS is an impossible feat because there is no cure. Little by little the disease attacks the muscles throughout your body, leaving your body limp but your mind remains sharp. In the book Tuesdays with Morrie, author Mitch Albom illustrates the disease with this analogy: “ALS is like a lit candle: it melts your nerves and leaves your body a pile of wax...while your soul, perfectly awake, is imprisoned inside a limp husk...”
Grandpa had a type of ALS known as bulbar ALS. It attacked the muscles around the head first. It slowly took away his ability to lift his head, to swallow and to speak. The muscles in his arms and legs deteriorated next. He went from walking on his own, to using a walker, to sitting in an electric wheelchair. It was with the help of Compassionate Care that Grandpa was able to get an electric wheelchair and a special recliner that helped him to stand up, as well as support, recommendations, and other resources to help my Grandpa and my family cope with ALS. My family and I will always be thankful for the help Compassionate Care gave my grandpa during his struggle with the disease.
Although ALS caused Grandpa’s body to become frail, I never saw him as weak. I watched him cope with ALS with grace and strength. In my eyes, Grandpa will forever be Bossman Strong.
Thank you for visiting my Falmouth Road Race® runner site. Raising funds from the Falmouth Road Race will allow CCALS to continue to provide direct services and durable goods to ALS patients, their families, and their caregivers.
Donations of any and all sizes are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support!