are many times in our lives when we feel a sense of wanting to help, of stepping up to
the plate for others in need...times when we reflect on our blessed lives and appreciate all that we have. During these times, we often think about reaching out to help another who is less
fortunate and in need of our support, but we don't always know how, where or when to do it...RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW is the time when you can help make a huge difference in the life of one of the most kind-hearted people I know...my dear friend, Scott Shapleigh.
Scott, my classmate from kindergarten through high school, my little league teammate and one of my oldest friends, has been battling ALS, (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, since February of 2009. This progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease has no cure, and its effects are devastating. ALS has robbed Scott of EVERYTHING that we take for granted every day...his ability to speak, swallow, walk and breathe (without assistance) are all gone, but even through all this adversity, Scott will not give up this fight against this inhumane and cruel disease. He is trying to stay as strong as he can for his wife, Aurora, and his two young daughters, Leah, aged 10, and Sophie, aged 8.
Scott is unable to do anything by himself...the only way he can communicate at all is by blinking his eyes. His family is dedicated to caring for him, but it is more than any of them can physically do full time. He does have medical health insurance, however it does not cover the around-the-clock, in-home nursing care that is a NECESSITY for him...this costs over $35,000 a month, out-of-pocket. Because this NECESSITY is extremely expensive, I am asking you to contribute anything you can possibly give...no donation is too small! Any gift will help to provide Scott with the care he needs, help reduce the financial burden his family is faced with, and help him regain some of the freedom he misses!
Thank you so much for your support!
Why We Need Your Help
Often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, 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 an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.
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.
This crippling disease can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease though support is bringing researchers closer to an answer. In the mean time it costs an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need. Help make a difference and donate or join a walk today.
**Pictured in photo above "“ Dave Weintraub, Chad Felsenstein, Scott Shapleigh & Matt Salzman "“ celebrating Scott's 40th Birthday.