Truly Blessed

ALS patient James Martin shares his journey.

Walk To Defeat ALS

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James Martin
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

This Saturday is the Janesville Walk to Defeat ALS. Last year this event was a surprise for me as hundreds of family and friends came from near and far to support me and others who face ALS.

Unfortunately this year we cannot attend. We have two kids in two different plays, one son in a tennis tournament, one son landing at O'Hare after a semester abroad, and one graduating from college. Other than that, it is a slow weekend.

A few weeks ago our friends (Rick and Tracy Tinder) contacted me and said they were excited to do it again and were going to form a walking team in honor of my diagnosis. Once again I am touched. Words cannot convey what it means to ALS patients when friends do this for friends.

From the ALS walk website this information is shared:

"Often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.

Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.

This crippling disease can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease yet it still costs loved ones an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need. Help make a difference and donate or join a walk today."

If you wish, you can join our team, another team, or form your own. The website is http://webwi.alsa.org/site/TR/Walks/Wisconsin?fr_id=8925&pg=entry.

In the words of the 1980's Bartels and Jaymes guys, "We thank you for your support!"

Last updated: 9:20 am Tuesday, July 9, 2013

James Martin is a former attorney and graduate of Gonzaga University and Marquette Law School. He lives in Spring Prairie near Burlington. He has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. He is married with 6 kids. James is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the Gazette staff or management.

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