Walk for Life: Team helps lady lift supports to quarrel ALS in respect of late husband
August 22, 2016 - als
September will symbol Lisa Hanley’s fifth year walking in a Les Turner ALS Foundation Walk for Life fundraiser and a third given her husband, Pat Hanley, upheld divided from a disease.
The annual eventuality is a sign of what Hanley has mislaid given of ALS, also famous as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. On a other hand, she pronounced “it is also a sign of how people can come together for a unequivocally good cause.”
This year’s travel will take place Sept. 18 during Soldier Field and will follow a 2-mile track along Chicago’s lakefront. More than 7,000 people are approaching to participate, and a fundraiser is deliberate one of a largest ALS gatherings nationwide, according to a press recover from a Skokie-based Les Turner ALS Foundation — an classification that supports research, clinical caring and support services for people with ALS in a Chicago region.
Amyotrophic parallel sclerosis, or ALS, is a neuromuscular illness of a shaken complement that weakens muscles and, over time, prevents a chairman form walking, speaking, eating and eventually breathing, yet their cognitive abilities generally sojourn intact.
The ALS Walk For Life has generated $11 million toward research, studious caring and preparation about a illness over a march of 14 years.
Hanley is a captain of a fundraising group dubbed “Pat’s Warriors,” named after her late husband. She pronounced a group has lifted some-more than $50,000 given she began participating in a eventuality in 2012.
Pat Hanley, who worked for a decade as house warn for a encampment of Skokie, was diagnosed with ALS in Mar 2012 and died in Nov 2013 during age 58. Hanley pronounced she and her father were introduced to a Les Turner Foundation following his diagnosis. It was a frightful and capricious time for a couple, though Hanley pronounced a substructure supposing them with a consummate bargain of a disease, support and a village informed with what they were going through.
Like a ALS ice bucket plea — a viral internet debate that lifted millions for a ALS Association — a Walk For Life eventuality is both a means to beget supports with a wish of eradicating a illness and also a apparatus to move recognition to a predicament of those affected, Hanley said.
“I do consider recognition is a outrageous partial of being means to find a cure,” she said.
The Pat’s Warriors group numbered roughly 70 people during their initial year participating in a event, Hanley said. In new years, that series has forsaken to about 35, though friends and family who might not make it out to a eventuality have still easily donated to a cause, she said.
Andrea Pauls Backman, executive executive for a Les Turner Foundation, described Hanley as a “true friend” to a organization, in an emailed statement.
“She knows a fun of profitable it brazen to others who are diagnosed with ALS each day, and, for that, we are truly grateful,” Backman wrote.
Years after her husband’s passing, Hanley pronounced a classification is something she will be a partial of and disciple on interest of for a rest of her life. She pronounced she will continue to fundraise and build recognition for a illness until a heal is found.
To learn some-more about a ALS Walk for Life eventuality and to register to participate, visit: www.ALSwalkforlife.org.
Lee V. Gaines is a freelance contributor for Pioneer Press. Jennifer Johnson contributed to this report.