When a close college friend from the University of South Carolina was diagnosed with ALS around 2006, I wasn't really sure what that really meant. Over the next 7 years I sadly watched my friend gradually succumb to this disease. Brian Shah was privileged to be able to be seen quarterly at the Charlotte ALS Center at Atrium Health. Under the direction of Dr. Brooks and his team, Brian was able to maximize his quality of life for the remaining time he was on this earth.
Three years ago I was invited to the Charlotte Muscle Team Gala. There I was able to hear stories and meet people of all ages affected from many of the 40 Neuromuscular diseases that the MDA provides research and services for. Fundraising is crucial to the continued progress towards a cure for many of these diseases. This progress towards our goal, especially over the last few years, has been tremendous. We need your support to fund the research and treatment. Much of these funds go directly to funding research locally, while 72% supports MDA's efforts to fund groundbreaking research as well as to educate and raise awareness. Fifteen percent goes towards fund raising, with the balance supporting the MDA's overhead and expenses.
Please join me by making a donation! With your support, we'll move toward a future in which kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases live longer and grow stronger.