Michael Buttress' ALS Fund

$3,372 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 28 people in 19 months
Created July 7, 2017

On June 28, 2017, after months of tests, my dad was diagnosed with ALS.  Friends and family found the news shocking, since he has always been the picture of health - exercising regularly and eating well his entire adult life. 

Ironically, people who work out regularly are more at risk of developing ALS. I can't quite wrap my mind around that. Another risk factor is exposure to agricultural chemicals.  For decades, my dad worked in Zimbabwe and in California as an agronomist, which is kind of like a "crop doctor". He spent years in the fields, in the lab, and at his desk analyzing and troubleshooting crops in his community - often going above and beyond what was expected of him. Finally, in 2015, he began his well-deserved and much-anticipated retirement. It seems so unfair that his retirement would be sabotaged by this cruel disease - yet he has taken the diagnosis in stride - intent on not allowing ALS to squash his contagious positivity and zeal for life.
If you know my dad, you know he is always the first to lend a helping hand and the last to ask for help. He makes friends wherever he goes, taking every opportunity to share a smile or a "pun-ny" joke. He's always been my rock, he's always been my cheerleader; he's always been my dad. I'm not ready to let him go, and I need your help. He has done so much for me, and I want to do all I can to help him through this experience. Any donation - no matter how big or small - is immensely appreciated. And, of course, your love, support, and encouragement is invaluable . I love hearing stories about my dad from his friends, family, and co-workers, so even if you can't contribute to the fundraiser, please leave a comment below to show your support. :-) 

With utmost gratitude,

Victoria Allen

P.S. Click here to follow my dad's blog!
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You can now follow my dad's updates on his blog:

mikebuttressals.blog (copy and paste the link into your browser!)
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A few highlights from my dad's trip to Capitol Hill to advocate for more funding for ALS research. So proud of you, Dad!
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Update from my mom:

Well, we were up at 2 am and on the road by 2:30 to get to the airport before 4 so that my darling Mike could fly at 6 am to Washington, DC.

Why? He's joining the ALS Association and other members to advocate with Congress and Senate on behalf of ALS sufferers.

Why? ALS research funding by government is 55 million, while cancer research funding by government is 6.5 BILLION.

So, all of you, please keep Mike and the ALS organization in your thoughts and prayers and, if you have a chance to do the ALS ice bucket challenge, or join in on an ALS walk, or speak to someone you may know who has the ear of someone in government, please don't hesitate.

Mike will never give up his positive attitude, and he'll go down kicking and screaming, if it comes to that; please support him as much as you can.

Thank you.
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Can you spot my dad in this photo taken today at the ALS Advocacy conference? :-)
ALS Association Converence May 2018
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Raised by 28 people in 19 months
Created July 7, 2017
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