I'm excited to announce that on August 20, 2017, I will be participating in the Falmouth Road Race for Compassionate Care ALS. I have been searching for positive ways to honor my Mum's memory and I feel that this is the best way that I can not only give back to the CCALS community who provided my family with so much but to also make a difference in the fight against ALS. Not only will I be running in the race, but I have set a personal goal to raise at least $1,500 for the CCALS community.
Let me share with you a little about the CCALS team. People of the CCALS team are angels disguised as everyday people. The CCALS team (specifically Ron Hoffman and Erin Lajeunesse) came into my family's life when we felt such darkness, loss and hopelessness. It was a truly devastating diagnosis that my Mum had received from the doctors that summer of 2013. Ron and Erin shone their light, gave freely of their love, encouragement and support to not only my Mum but my family as a whole. I have never met such incredible individuals as themselves; to put it simply, they are otherworldly and were a blessing to my family.
Many people view ALS as an unbeatable disease but they are wrong. I can testify that it is a beatable disease. I witnessed my Mum beat it every day, until her very last day. While my Mum may have lost her life, she did not lose her battle to ALS. She woke up and got out of bed (with assistance) every day and courageously fought for two and a half years with an unwavering positive attitude along with the brightest of smiles. She bravely ended her battle with ALS on March 25, 2015.
I firmly believe that my Mum's life and even her battle with ALS was a success story. Did we get our prayer's answered for a miracle cure to arise and save her from this disease, no. What we did get was the miracle of a strong family bond, a supportive community that composed of family and friends but most of all, I was able to witness the miracle that was of my Mum's unrelenting fight against this devastating disease. I am here to say that there is hope. It's not easy but you have to fight. Every single day. You must fight. Some days will be better than others but you must fight. Though, you may not get the ending to your story that you may wanted or even pictured but do not give up. During my Mum's fight, she showed me what true strength is and that it's okay to cry but it is never okay to give up. Give yourself some time and then continue your battle. There is still so much to be won. So much love to be had and shared. Memories that will last your family long after you finish your fight.
I ask of you to please join me in giving back to an organization that I will forever be in debt to. Join me in raising funds to help those affected by ALS so we can help others reach the level of comfort that my Mum received. No donation is too small. If you haven't heard of ALS before or you find yourself wanting to learn more about this disease; you can press on the link below that I have provided:
Thank you for taking the time to visit my page. My family and I are truly grateful for any support you can give.
With Love and Many Blessings,