December 14, 2023
A universal truth that unites us all: We all have a timeline. Most of us don’t live like we have a timeline.
When I was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, I was given 2-5 years to live. For me, that was not okay then, and that is not okay now. Although I can no longer move, speak, or breathe on my own, through advanced technology, I drive my wheelchair independently, communicate, and just finished writing a 20-chapter book, A Life Impossible, to be released next year.
While my body has become a prison, and I face seemingly impossible adversity and immense challenges each day, I have been able to survive and build a wonderfully possible life. I am free.
When we founded Team Gleason and stated there would be No White Flags in our mission to help people diagnosed with ALS, we envisioned people like Michael. His words moved me to tears.
If you have been diagnosed with a life-changing disease; if you are fighting the bureaucracies that stand between you and survival; if you have given up on people; I give you hope. There are people who care a lot, and they work at Team Gleason. I beg everyone out there to support this great organization. I owe them my faith in people. Helping the needs of ALS patients is not easy and is not cheap. They can’t help others without the continued support from many caring people. I can firsthand tell you, your donations to Team Gleason will make a difference in someone’s life.
Now, more than ever, we need you. Team Gleason is the single largest provider of innovative technology and equipment to people living with ALS. We are on track to fulfill an unprecedented 4,455 requests this year. Each of those requests is critical to helping empower someone diagnosed with ALS to live despite the disease. I’m asking you to help someone live.
None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, but you have the ability to make an impact today. We depend on your generosity to fulfill our mission of never saying no to requests for life changing technology and equipment, at no cost to those suffering from ALS or to their families.
Can we count on you to make a year-end gift to help us meet our goal of $250,000? Meeting this goal will directly impact the ALS community – ensuring they have access to the technology, equipment and care services needed to making living with ALS possible.
And as Michael says, “When you run into your next brick wall remember, No White Flags!”