Changing the Game in the Fight Against ALS

It's been eight months since the viral sensation #ALSIceBucketChallenge swept the nation. This is a hashtag success story with $115 million donated during the campaign, and $220 million donated to related ALS charities around the world. Because of this, we are changing the game in the fight against ALS. It has been eight months since... Continue Reading →

ALS Denver Walk in Photographs

Walk Details: 3K around City Park Lake, Denver, Colorado. September 13, 2014. To date, walkers around the country have raised over $21 million during the Walk to Defeat ALS! That is a lot of moo-la to help find a cure for this terrible disease. My favorite shirt: "Believe. Pick a stronger word than Hope. Cure.... Continue Reading →

About This #IceBucketChallenge for ALS

My step-father, Ron McCormick died from ALS on July 4, 2011. For 10 years he endured this terrible disease that is also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. For many years we, as a family raised money for ALS research and participated as a team in the Walk to Defeat ALS in Colorado and Missouri, and... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on the 4th of July

Fireworks, cook-outs and cherry pie are 4th of July traditions. But, this year fireworks are cancelled in much of Colorado. Denver is still participating in this July tradition (and getting a lot of criticism for it). Most cities, including Westminster which we live, have deemed it too dry and hot to risk a fire being... Continue Reading →

Have researchers found the cause of ALS?

SUNDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) -- The apparent discovery of a common cause of all forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) could give a boost to efforts to find a treatment for the fatal neurodegenerative disease, a new study contends. Scientists have long struggled to identify the underlying disease process of ALS (also known as... Continue Reading →

An end to a long illness. ALS.

I just got back from Missouri. My step-father, Ron McCormick lost his long battle with ALS. He was diagnosed over 10 years ago, which is a testament to the care he received from my mother and various caregivers. Lifespan is typically 3-5 years once diagnosed with ALS. ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) is:... Continue Reading →

an als kind of birthday

Ron McCormick turns 62 years old today. It's a birthday to celebrate. He should eat lots of sugar-loaded cake. He should open presents from loved ones. He should kick up his heels, dance a little, maybe on a table. But he can't because he was diagnosed with a fatal disease called ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis... Continue Reading →

summer reading

Last week I picked up the book "Always Looking Up" by Michael J. Fox. I read his first memoir "Lucky Man" and loved it and was really looking forward to reading this new book. But, I had committed to reading the Bible this summer. Dang, if Target didn't have it for 30% off! I can't... Continue Reading →

the ugly side of als

Well, that's an oxymoron because there isn't any pretty side of ALS. ALS in a nutshell... Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from... Continue Reading →

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