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Whitney

​After my mother passed in 2010 from ALS, I vowed to do something each year to help others suffering from this disease. Then one of my friends was diagnosed. It was one thing to watch my mother, who had lived a full life, pass away; it has been even more heart-wrenching to see a young mother of four children figure out how to live each day while remaining positive and grateful. This year all of the proceeds from the annual ALS benefit will go to this amazing woman, Whitney Cottrell Hill.

​Living the day to day with this disease, which strips away an individual's ability to move, talk, and eventually breathe, is a tremendous financial burden, as the assistance required is not covered by insurance. Calling out to each of you to consider helping me in supporting Whitney!

The Hills from Kavin Lindgren on Vimeo.

​How you can help:

  1. Buy tickets below to attend our annual fundraising event
  2. Buy raffle tickets to win cool prizes
  3. Donate below
  4. Donate a raffle item by emailing Stephanie

Please join us for our Annual ALS Benefit... and just like last year, it's a barge party on Lake Travis! All proceeds will be donated to Whitney Cottrell Hill. Feel free to invite your friends. We have 70 spots on the party barge and hope to fill it up. Thank you for your tremendous support.

Details:
  • When- August 11th from 2:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Where- VIP Marina, Lake Travis, Texas
  • Cost- $80 includes the party barge, alcohol, catered meal, and your donation

Questions email Stephanie

Arthea

Arthea Buckman Paulos, 63, passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by loved ones on August 24, 2010 following a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). Arthea was born on January 29, 1947 in Savanna, Illinois to Arthur and Dorothea Buckman. After Arthea’s birth, she and her family moved to Kankakee, Illinois where she was raised alongside her four younger siblings. Arthea graduated from Northwestern School of Dental Hygiene in 1966. She married Peter E. Paulos on September 11, 1966 and they had three beautiful children together in Salt Lake City, Utah where they made it their home for 34 years. Arthea loved being a “grammy” to her six beautiful grandchildren. She was a loyal friend, a loving mother and grandmother and a constant presence in her children’s lives. Arthea was a second mom to many and will be dearly missed!

About ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease, is a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells (neurons) responsible for controlling voluntary muscles (muscle action we are able to control, such as those in the arms, legs, and face). The disease belongs to a group of disorders known as motor neuron diseases, which are characterized by the gradual degeneration and death of motor neurons.

Although the life expectancy of a person with ALS averages about two to five years from the time of diagnosis, this disease is variable, and many people can live with the disease for five years and more. More than half of all people with ALS live more than three years after diagnosis.

Once ALS starts it almost always progresses, eventually taking away the ability to walk, dress, write, speak, swallow, and breathe and shortening the life span. How fast and in what order this occurs is very different from person to person. While the average survival time is 3 years, about twenty percent of people with ALS live five years, 10 percent will survive ten years and five percent will live 20 years or more.

Progression is not always a straight line in an individual either. It is not uncommon to have periods lasting weeks to months where there is very little or no loss of function. There are even very rare examples in which there is significant improvement and recovery of lost function. These ALS "arrests" and "reversals" are unfortunately usually transient. Less than 1% of patients with ALS will have significant improvement in function lasting 12 months or more.

The onset of ALS often involves muscle weakness or stiffness as early symptoms. Progression of weakness, wasting and paralysis of the muscles of the limbs and trunk as well as those that control vital functions such as speech, swallowing and later breathing generally follows. There can be significant costs for medical care, equipment and home health caregiving later in the disease.

Approximately 6,400 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year. The incidence of ALS is two per 100,000 people, and it is estimated that more than 20,000 Americans may be living with ALS at any given time.

ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries and can affect anyone. Military veterans are approximately twice as likely to develop ALS.

Links

ALSA

ALS Texas