Walk to Defeat ALS – November 5, 2011

The walk took place at Whataburger Field, which is the home of the Corpus Christi Hooks, on November 5, 2011 was a success. Below are a few photographs from the day’s activities. Most notably a piece of the Trumpet Section from Richard King High School along with Mari Ramirez from Del Mar College Music Department sang the National Anthem, and Kippy Edge provided an entertaining story-telling time while taking breaks in between to ride a unicycle in support of those walking.

I had the opportunity to interview a few people in order to learn more about why they walk, and am currently putting together a video with footage from the walk.  As soon as it’s finished I’ll update it here on the blog as well as on facebook.com/mdfotography.

ALS is a severely debilitating disease. One in which many people consider a “prison sentence.” One literally becomes trapped in the body, while the mind maintains all cognitive functions. I was introduced to Debra Allen just about 2 years ago, and unfortunately today I walk in memory of her as part of TEAM “Doin’ it for Deb.”  Near the end of her life she communicated exclusively with her eyes. Furthermore, her sweet mother held out a large white poster board with common words and letters and they would work through what Debra was trying to communicate – word by word, letter by letter.

The most important piece to helping finding a cure for this terrible disease, apart from donating money and fundraising, is to raise awareness by spreading the word.  You can learn more about ALS here, and donate here.

On a related note, November is National Caregiver’s Month. Try and lend a hand by providing help or brief respite to someone that is constantly caring for someone.

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