When Kristin Sedate’s father was diagnosed with ALS in 2014, she stepped in to serve as one of his primary caregivers. Read her story about their journey through ALS and what your donations meant to their family.
Bonnie Walsh has served the ALS Association of Texas in different roles since March 2003. She currently serves as the Regional Development Manager for the Southwest Region of the state, managing two Walks to Defeat ALS and Battle ALS with Flowers, as well as other development activities. Read her story about her time with the Chapter and how it’s affected her life – both professionally and personally.
David Cabe was diagnosed with ALS in 2015 and is an active participant in the Austin Walk to Defeat ALS as part of his team, Cabe’d Crusaders. Read about what participating in the Walk means for him and his battle with ALS.
As many of you know, I have ALS. This is a devastating disease. By the time I was diagnosed, it had already robbed me of the ability to walk unaided and was relentlessly taking away the ability to use my hands, swallow, speak, and breathe. But just knowing where to turn after my diagnosis was almost as daunting and overwhelming as the disease itself.
Respiratory Quality Services is a respiratory company focused on providing top quality services for all Respiratory Medical Home Equipment. RQS specializes in ventilation and secretion clearance of the neuromuscular patient population. RQS maintains a Gold Partner status of the ALS Association of Texas. Read more about how Keith Sanborn, President and Owner, got involved with ALS Texas and how it benefits his company’s work.
I had my first interaction with people suffering from ALS when I worked for Methodist Hospital in Houston. I worked with a pulmonologist who was treating numerous ALS patients. During my time there, I saw the increasing need for a respiratory durable medical equipment company outside of the clinic environment. Thus, RQS was born in October 2008.
Today, the ALS Association invested $50,000 into the Houston Methodist ALS Clinic led by neurologist Stanley H. Appel, MD, and recognized it as an ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence.
Dr. Appel has had a long-standing partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the collaboration among the three entities aims to provide top notch care to people with ALS, as well as provide maximum resources to patients and families. Many regular clinic patients were already turning to both MDA and the ALS Association for services. Dr. Appel’s top priority is the patient and making sure he or she has everything he or she needs, so when the opportunity arose for ALS Texas to partner with the Houston Methodist ALS Clinic, Dr. Appel agreed that it would be best for the patient.
Whitney Sadler has organized Max’s Ride for ALS – a motorcycle ride through Texas Hill Country – for the past 10 years in memory of her friend Max. Read their story of friendship throughout Max’s fight with ALS and how Whitney carries on his legacy.
Max R. Harrison served in the Army and was part of the deployment in Desert Storm. He was an honorable, strong, loyal, blued-eyed guy with an incredible sense of humor. His mission began when he found out that he had ALS at just 32. His goal from the first day of diagnosis was to raise awareness of ALS and funding for research and patient services too.
The Walk to Defeat ALS is an annual fundraiser with one goal in mind: help create a world without ALS. Since its inception 15 years ago, the Walk to Defeat ALS has raised over $215 million to help fund research and provide services and support to people affected by ALS.
But the walk isn’t only about raising money. It’s about showing support to family and friends. It’s a chance to come together as a community, standing up for a common cause. It’s a way to show how much you care.
We walk for many reasons; here are just a few examples.