This is our family's eighteenth year participating in the Long Island Walk to Defeat ALS.
My father, Sheldon Katz, was diagnosed with ALS in 1982. He participated in the first two Long Island walks along with our family and friends before he died in 2004. His spirit to fight ALS lives on in our family as we continue his fight to defeat ALS.
I'm asking for your support to help ALS patients and their families, and to fund research to find a cure.
My father lived his life to the fullest in spite of this terrible illness. In many ways I think he felt like Lou Gehrig when he said he was the luckiest man on the face of the earth. Our goal is to raise awareness about ALS, and to raise as much money as possible to help fund research to find a cure for Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Please consider joining our team in the Walk to Defeat ALS® or choose a team member from the list and donate to our cause.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
That’s why we’re participating in the Walk to Defeat ALS. To bring hope. To raise awareness. To provide resources and services to families free of charge. To help unlock the mystery of ALS and find the key to treatments a cure. Will you join us?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of a person with ALS averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.
ALS can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease, yet it still costs loved ones an average of $250,000 a year to provide the care people living with ALS and their families need. Join the movement to provide help and hope today!