Thursday, August 10, 2017

Charity of the Month: ALS Florida Chapter

Charity of the Month is a way Team Tizzel is helping to support some very worthy organizations. As part of this program, we will dedicate a post to a charity that we will sponsor through the month by donating Holly's training run money.

In July we supported Give Kids The World (GKTW) with a $125 donation.  This organization gives families with very sick children a chance to escape the issues they are facing for just a little while.

August's Charity

ALS Central Florida Chapter

We chose ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease) as this month's focus because it's hit home for another friend.  Our friend's uncle was recently diagnosed with the disease.   Another friend who lost their mother to ALS is conducting a fundraising campaign for the Florida Chapter so we decided this is where to focus our efforts.   

"ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed."

From the chapter's website: "With almost 1,500 people living with ALS in the state of Florida at any given time, we could not do what we do without the ongoing generosity and support of others.  From the smallest donation to the largest gift, donors touch the ALS community with hope for the future.  This terrible disease knows no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.  It can strike anyone at any time.  Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with ALS, and every 90 minutes, someone dies from ALS.  Time isn't on the side of those afflicted.  Fighting ALS is a full-time job.  And we will not quit until there is a treatment and cure."

Donations can be made to the Florida Chapter here. Use these links if you'd like to support your local chapter or the national organization.

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