Olin Thompson is a devoted husband and father of 3 young boys who has dedicated his life to public service. He is a loyal friend, active in his community, always cheering on his boys in soccer and basketball, and works tirelessly fighting for the underdog as a Public Defender.
Recently Olin has been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a disease of the motor neurons. It is a progressive, neurological disease that leads to muscle weakness, atrophy and aggressive changes throughout the body.
As you know, ALS is not a good diagnosis. But, after meeting with their team, they have some things to be hopeful about. They think Olin has “slow progression” which is a huge relief. And, despite the fact that his symptoms are visible (trouble walking), he can continue to work and participate in everyday life. He is a great candidate for a new treatment which he has already started at Mass General Hospital. This treatment has been shown to slow the progression down for most people.
That said, ALS comes along with needs that are unavoidable. The out-of-pocket costs associated with this disease average upwards of $250,000. This is something most of us cannot even comprehend. Understandably, this has put a huge stress on them and their family, adding to an already stressful situation. We would like to help Olin and Christa by lessening the financial burden of this unfathomable reality.
We are raising money to help with some necessary home construction projects that will allow Olin to remain at home safely and comfortably with his family. In addition, medical equipment and other items will become necessary in the future. Our goal is to give them a little peace of mind so they can spend time together without the extra stress.