Let's help Anton & Mari fight ALS

Anton Maillie  will tell anyone who’ll listen that he has lived an incredible life - several lives! He’s had an amazing career, spanning 30 years producing award-winning commercials. He even won an Emmy for his work on the CNN spot Why We Go .

He started and finished, 20 marathons all over the world, becoming only the 153rd man on the planet to complete a marathon on all seven continents. At the LA Marathon he met and eventually married the love of his life, Mari, and became stepdad to her sons, Gavin and Roman. 

Anton has always been first in line to help others. He started a run/walk for WeSpark cancer support center, which raised over $1.5 million. He mentored countless people in ‘the business’, and he has shown up for his friends whenever, wherever needed.  

BUT TODAY, ANTON NEEDS OUR HELP! He’s a very proud man, who is not as good at asking for help as he is giving it. That is where WE come in. 

One year ago, after over four years of deteriorating health, Anton was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). 

ALS causes motor neurons from the brain to die and abandon one’s muscles to the point of failure. The person afflicted loses their speech, the use of their arms and legs and eventually lung function. It is terminal. There is no cure. The average lifespan from diagnosis is two to five years. 

Today Anton is wheelchair-bound, has lost use of his arms and legs, and his speech is declining daily. Spiritually, emotionally and mentally he is holding his own. Anton is a fighter, but ALS is a hideous disease

According to the ALS Society, the average out of pocket cost of ALS is $250,000. As the disease progresses, Anton’s caregiving needs will rise exponentially.

At present, his wife is his sole caregiver, except for a few hours per week. Mari is amazing, but there is virtually nothing Anton can do without assistance, from brushing his teeth to getting dressed to eating meals, etc. She also cares for two teenage boys, their household and three dogs. She barely sleeps and is physically and emotionally exhausted. Soon, he will need to be lifted in and out of bed, his wheelchair, etc. They need help.

They have lost both incomes and are living off of Anton’s disability. His healthcare costs are rising, and their savings is dwindling. Insurance doesn’t cover caregivers.

Our goal is to raise $104,000 to cover the cost of caregiving for one year.  


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Fundraising team (3)

Don Anderson
Raised $27,146 from 126 donations
Los Angeles, CA
Mari Fuentes
Lisa Poggi
Team member
Raised $7,756 from 53 donations

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