Peter's Battle With ALS

Peter Archer is a husband, the caring father of two grown sons, a brother, son, uncle, and most importantly the glue that holds our family together.  On March 2nd of 2017 my father was diagnosed with ALS.  Often refered to as Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a terminal progressive neurodegenerative disease that gets worse over time.  It affects the nerves in your brain and spinal cord that control your muscles.  As the disease progresses muscles become weak, making it harder to walk, talk, eat and breath.  Life expectancy for an individual suffering with ALS is 3 to 5 years from time of diagnosis.

This terrible diagnosis has completely turned my family's world upside-down.  At only 50 years old Peter is unable to take part in many of the activites he has enjoyed so much throughout his life.  Before his diagnosis he was an incredibly active individual, hiking, ziplining, swimming, and going for long walks on beautiful maine summer days were some of his favorite ways to spend his time;  Now, only 6 months later having lost a mojority of strength in his arms and legs he can no longer walk without assistance. 

As Peter's muscles progressively weaken and his mobilty is comprimised, he will need a custom electric wheelchair, handicap accesible transportation, occupational therapy, and personal care assistance.  Additionally his home will require modifications allowing him to safely navigate and complete basic tasks.  This includes ramps into the home and a handicap accesible shower.

My father is one of the greatest men I have ever known. He has instilled morals, integreity, respect, and the value of hard work in me. He is the patriarch of our crazy family, having always been there for anybody in need. He is an amazing dad and my best friend in the entire world.

ALS takes a significant toll physically, mentally, and financially.  Having exhausted our resources and with daily expenses adding up I ask you, PLEASE help my father and our family through this battle with ALS.  No donation is too small and anything helps.

Although currently there is no cure for ALS, our family remains hopeful.  Thanks to a recent surge in research funding due to the ALS ice bucket challenge, we learn more about the disease everyday.  To learn more about ALS visit The ALS Association 

Thank you for your support!
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Mark Santos Archer 
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