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A little help from my friends…

So I’ve been going back and forth about whether or not to write a post about this since it is kind of a personal matter, but then I realized that the point of a blog is to get a message to reach a large audience.  Although my audience consists of my mom and a handful of college friends, I still think there might me one person I don’t actually know who reads my blog and can be moved by something I say, so here it goes.

My best friend’s father was diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig ’s disease) more than a year ago. ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a fatal neuromuscular disease that kills nerve cells and deteriorates muscle tissue, which makes simple tasks such as walking and eating increasingly difficult and eventually impossible. As of now, there is no  cure.  Her dad has been like a father to me, giving me advice on random things in life and most importantly, teaching me how to properly make a bed. Their family has treated me like one of their own, inviting me to holiday dinners when I had no where to go and over feeding me and giving me leftovers to take home which they know I live for.   He is such a special person and I just wish I could help him.

On May 15th, I am participating in the “Walk to Defeat ALS” in New York City.  The walk raises funds for continued research for a cure and creates awareness of this devastating disease. This is the part where I  ask for your help.  It would mean the world to me if you would help me in my fund raising efforts.  I am putting a link to my donations page for the walk.  If you have 5 dollars, 10 dollars, 25 dollars or more, anything would help.  If you are unable to donate, I definitely understand, but ask if you could keep my friend’s father in your thoughts.

Thanks everyone for all your support, with the walk, with my blog, with everything.  🙂

Love,

Alexa

To read more about ALS, please visit this site.

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