On October 31st, 2017, Mike’s neurologist delivered the devastating news that he has ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), which is the death of motor neurons that control voluntary muscles. It is characterized by having stiff muscles, muscle twitching and gradually worsening weakness due to the failing of the bodys muscle system. The disease results in difficulty walking, speaking, swallowing and breathing, resulting in death. There is currently no treatment or cure for this debilitating disease. Individuals diagnosed with ALS in Mike’s age group typically see a life expectancy of 2-5 years. Mike’s disease has shown very fast progression since being diagnosed, which is very worrisome.
Michael was born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario, and is a certified machinist. He was the sole income earner who worked full time and supported his disabled wife, and their daughter. Now, because of his rapid physical health and mobility deterioration due to ALS, Mike is no longer able to work.
Due to the nature of this disease, there will be a continual decline in his health requiring medications, equipment, support workers and travel costs to and from Ottawa for his medical care. Mike is currently dependent on his walker, will need a motorized wheel chair, a medical bed, wheel chair lift for access to the house, along with other necessary equipment to help take care of him. His family is completely dedicated to caring for him, but with the financial constraints of the loss of his income and his wife’s disability, friends and family are pulling together and asking for help with the immediate and long term financial burdens he and his family will face.
We would like to thank you in advance for the financial support you may be able to provide, as well as your continued prayers and positive thoughts.
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