Jessica Muniz-Martinez is organizing this fundraiser.
This is Pastor Hector Muñiz and as most of you know I was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrigs disease) September 2013. Your donation can help with the construction that needs to happen in my home. As a Veteran there are grants available to me, however, the process of getting a grant released from the government is taking too long. Home modifications need to take place in my home as soon as possible. Living with the disease has been difficult for my family and I. Currently, I can't speak or eat, I have a feeding tube. My family and I are believing the report of the Lord not of the Doctors! I know my God provides miracles daily and soon I will find out what His will is for my life. ALS is a disorder that affects the function of nerves and muscles. Based on U.S. population studies, a little over 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year. (That's 15 new cases a day.) It is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time. According to the ALS CARE Database, 60% of the people with ALS in the Database are men and 93% of patients in the Database are Caucasian.
Most people who develop ALS are between the ages of 40 and 70, with an average age of 55 at the time of diagnosis. However, cases of the disease do occur in persons in their twenties and thirties. Generally though, ALS occurs in greater percentages as men and women grow older. ALS is 20% more common in men than in women. However with increasing age, the incidence of ALS is more equal between men and women.
There are several research studies – past and present – investigating possible risk factors that may be associated with ALS. More work is needed to conclusively determine what genetics and/or environment factors contribute to developing ALS. It is known, however, that military veterans, particularly those deployed during the Gulf War, are approximately twice as likely to develop ALS.
Half of all people affected with ALS live at least three or more years after diagnosis. Twenty percent live five years or more; up to ten percent will live more than ten years.
There is some evidence that people with ALS are living longer, at least partially due to clinical management interventions, riluzole and possibly other compounds and drugs under investigation.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY, WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT, PRAYERS, LOVE, AND FINANCIAL HELP!! Pastor Hector