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Team Nana | Christine Fahey

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Thank you for visiting my Falmouth Road Race® runner site. On Sunday, August 20th, I will run my 15th Falmouth Road Race, a 7.2 mile run from Woods Hole to Falmouth Heights beach on Cape Cod. This year I will be running with my sister Kathy and my nephew Dan Moren, and we'll be running in memory of my mom, Judy Fahey (Nana), who lost her battle with ALS on race day in August 2015.  We are committed to raising funds for Compassionate Care ALS (CCALS), a nonprofit organization that supports people diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. CCALS was a great resource for my family during my mother's illness and provided services and equipment to help us manage her declining health. It is remarkable how many people I have met during the last two years who have either lost a loved one or know someone currently battling this horrible disease. Fortunately, there is greater awareness of ALS and progress is being made on treatment and finding a cure.

ALS is a degenerative and fatal neuromuscular disease that causes individuals to gradually lose control of their voluntary muscles. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS has no known cause or cure. The disease progresses differently in each case, though people often die when they lose the capacity to breathe or swallow, while retaining their ability to see, hear, and comprehend what is happening. During my mom's illness, she slowly lost her ability to walk, eat, and talk, but at no time did she lose her quiet and elegant grace, her sweet disposition, kind generosity, or her wonderful sense of humor. She put up a very brave fight and never complained.  Her spirit continues to be an inspiration to all who were lucky to have known her.

Raising funds from the Falmouth Road Race will allow CCALS to continue to provide a broad range of direct services tailored to meet the individual needs of ALS patients, their families, and their caregivers. Beyond logistical support, CCALS helps patients and their families navigate the emotional considerations that follow an ALS diagnosis, and educates them about hospice and palliative care. 

Please contribute if you can. Donations of any size are greatly appreciated. And if you happen to be in Falmouth on race day, please cheer us on!

Thanks for your support!

Christine



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