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Help Shawn Carvin Battle ALS

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Giving back to someone who gives of himself in so many ways.

In October 2018, Shawn received a devastating diagnosis. After a few weeks of uncontrollable muscle spasms in his left arm, he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  ALS is a horrible disease, robbing its victims of the ability to walk, dress themselves, talk, swallow, and ultimately breathe. ALS has no cure and no effective treatment. The average lifespan from diagnosis is three to five years. 

Shawn is approaching this new challenge the same way he has tackled everything he's come up against - head on with strength, determination, and a wonderful, positive attitude. He is more concerned about the effect of his illness on his family, friends, and coworkers than he is about himself. He is determined to make every day special just like he always has. For those that know Shawn well, he does that by just being himself. 

Shawn is the father of 5 children  ranging in ages from 24 to 9. He's the grandfather of 4 grandchildren ages 1 to 4. A former Marine (I know, once a Marine, always a Marine), Shawn proudly gave 4 years of his life in service to his country. During his time in the Marine Corp, Shawn served during Operation Desert Storm and spent time in Okinawa, Japan.

For those that don't know, ALS is fatal after an increasingly difficult and debilitating illness of varying length. The funds raised through this campaign will go towards mounting medical costs, alterations to Shawn's home, and the eventual need for dedicated care. Any remaining funds will go to Shawn's family to help defray costs for school for his younger children.  

Shawn would never consider asking for assistance but his friends definitely will on his behalf. That self-sufficiency is as much a part of him as his Marine background. It is our honor to start this fund for him and we welcome any donation you choose to give to show your support.


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    • $100 
    • 4 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Bill Sprague
Deptford, NJ
Shawn Carvin

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