Friday, March 18, 2011

Walk (or donate) to Defeat ALS

Full disclosure: This is a fund-raiser. It’s for ALS. I’m vice chair of the NC chapter. I have been procrastinating, but we need to get this done. Please, give me a financial assist as I support the Triangle Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday, April 2 at the Credit Suisse campus in RTP.

CLICK HERE to donate on-line.

I’ve been on the board of the Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter of the ALS Assn since 2002. I refuse to rotate off of the board! The cause is so compelling:

- It’s a terrible disease. Researchers are bearing down on the cause, but there’s no cure. Imagine having a disease still shrouded in mystery for which modern medicine offers no real hope.

- Yet the patients and families I have met are exemplars of faith and courage. It is inspiring.

- This small NC non-profit is totally committed to patient care. No bureaucracy or large fund-raising apparatus. The needs of patients, families and their care-givers are the focus of our chapter.

- And finally, there’s the baseball connection. ALS is best known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and it claimed the life of NC’s favorite son and baseball legend, Catfish Hunter.

Here’s some boilerplate the chapter office urged me to include:

Through a nationwide Chapter network, The ALS Association leads the way in global research, coordinates multidisciplinary certified clinical care centers, supports the people and families of those affected by ALS and fosters government partnerships. The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.

Your tax-deductible gift will make a considerable difference in the lives of many! It is faster and easier than ever to support this great cause. You can make your donation online with a credit card by simply clicking on the link at the bottom of this message. If you would prefer, you can also send your tax-deductible contribution via check (payable to "ALSA" with “George Habel/TRI Walk” on the memo line) to the Catfish Chapter office at 120-101 Penmarc Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603.

Any amount, great or small, helps in the fight. Again, click here to donate on-line. I greatly appreciate your support!

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