We know that participating in the Walk to Defeat ALS is no small feat and we’re in constant awe of how teams come together to help create a world without ALS. From walking to honor a loved one, to hope for a cure, each walker has their “why” that keeps them motivated and dedicated to the cause.
We asked Juan Reyes, a person with ALS and past Walk participant, to share his story and why he walks. Here’s what she had to say:
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Juan Reyes, and my wife Meg and I are from Del Rio, Tx, where we met in high school. A year after marrying we were moved to Greece by the Air Force. During my 21 years of service we had assignments in Texas, Greece, United Kingdom, Maryland and numerous temporary duties. Meg and I settled in San Antonio after my retirement from Service with our four children.
What is your connection to ALS?
I am inextricably connected to ALS due to being diagnosed with the condition on Oct 14 2015. This day forever altered our family’s life. Since that day, our family has been living with ALS and its impact on us all. One of the most difficult things Meg and I have done is tell our children and family of my diagnosis.