ALS ASSOCIATION + WHY WE CARE

   ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurological disease that affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord. The motor neurons begin to degenerate causing a loss of control in muscle movement. With the lack of control over muscle movement comes the lack of ability to do things that may seem simple in everyday life such as eating, moving, and speaking. Robbie Hearin, a father of 3, a husband, a mentor, and a friend, was diagnosed with ALS. The doctors informed him that he had a life expectancy of two years, that he thankfully doubled. Despite this life altering news, he was determined to live out his last years to the fullest. Robbie was the person who not only dealt with the cards he was given but did so with a smile on his face. The sight of his funeral was a testament of the love his city had for him as it seemed like the entirety of it was wrapped around the building waiting to show their respects. There are over 20,000 American’s effected by ALS at a time, usually between ages 40 and 70. Donate to the ALS Association to further research and the quality of life of those currently suffering from this devastating disease.