On Saturday, September 27, 2013 I am joining hundreds of walkers for The ALS Association’s Walk to Defeat ALS®. This is a group of dedicated families and friends and individuals who have ALS, who know someone with ALS or who have known someone who died from this dreadful disease. On Saturday I will be walking in memory of a dear friend and fellow veterinarian Dr. Pamela Barshack.
Pam lost her battle with ALS in November 2006. She was 44 years old. Pam left a husband Daryl, a 10 year old son Joe, wonderful parents Barbara and Irv, brothers and sisters and neices and nephews who miss her terribly to this day. I knew Pam for several years. She worked for me at Rivertown Animal Hospital. She was a gifted, dedicated and talented veterinarian.. The staff and the clients loved her gentle manner. She had wonderful sense of humor and compassion for animals and people.
A student scholarship fund has also been set up in Pam’s honor. For more on this fund please visit here.
Pam is not the only person I will be honoring on Saturday. I have several other veterinarian colleagues and clients who have died from ALS.
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a deadly illness with no known cause or cure. It affects the motor neurons in a person’s brain and spinal cord. When the motor neurons die, the muscles waste away. Gradually, a person is robbed of the ability to walk, speak, eat and eventually breathe. Upon diagnosis, doctors give ALS patients only 2 to 5 years to live.
I am walking for ALS for those who can’t. My personal fundraising goal is $1000.00.
You can truly make a difference in the fight against ALS by making a onetime tax-deductible donation. Just click the link to visit my online fundraising website and make give your gift.
Dr. Ginger Garlie