Team Lempa

Walkin’. . .yes indeed I’m walkin’!

Defeat ALS! Join Team Lempa

On December 12, 2013 I received a phone call from my mom while my co-workers were wishing me a happy 33rd birthday. My Dad had lost a 2.5 year battle with ALS (aka amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; Lou Gehrig’s Disease). While his passing wasn’t unexpected, we didn’t think it would happen on my birthday. Needless to say I hopped in my car and started driving. And driving.

This trip was nothing new -hell I once road a 125cc scooter from Lawrence, KS to Chicago – but it was different. It was both longer and quicker. Further and shorter. Multiple text messages from my brother reminded me to be safe while at the same time telling me that I needed to get home sooner. Rachel checked in to make sure that I was OK as did a few of my closest friends. Gaslight Anthem’s ’59 Sound was on repeat.

The drive itself was mostly a blur. I do remember laughing and crying as long lost memories formed a mental collage. When I arrived in Berwyn I was greeted by my Mom and brother. We hugged, laughed, and cried.

Three months later it is still hard to believe that our family of five is now a family of four. This experience has both weakened and strengthened us as a family. I am grateful for my friends and family that supported me throughout this ordeal and have checked in on me afterwards. I might not always say it, but I love and appreciate you.

I am also extremely thankful for the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter. Without them I don’t know how we would have made it through this ordeal. They provided equipment, guidance, and emotional support. Additionally the ALS Association also supports research to fight ALS and discover a cure.

Last year I captained the top fundraising team in the Walk to Defeat ALS. This year we have reformed Team Lempa and are again raising money to find a cure to this horrific disease. You can support us by clicking here: http://webchicago.alsa.org/goto/ChrisLempa2014

PS – I will be participating in a number of runs throughout the year. I will use these runs to raise money for the ALSA and to raise awareness of this horrific disease.

Defeat ALS! Join Team Lempa

Defeat ALS! Join Team Lempa

Tomorrow marks the two month passing of my Dad, Kenneth Lempa. Last year we were fortunate enough to have him walk with Team Lempa: Walk to Defeat ALS as we rocked it out at last year’s Walk to Defeat ALS. This year we will be walking in his honor.

Can you help us as we raise money to defeat this awful disease? Every penny helps. My mom , uncle and I would also love to have you join our team! Please email me (8lempa8 (at) gmail dot com) if you’d like to walk with us.

You can support us by clicking here: http://webchicago.alsa.org/goto/ChrisLempa2014

Team Lempa = Results!

The ALS Association is one of the most committed organizations I have worked with. This is one of the reasons that I am proud to be a participant in the Walk to Defeat ALS. One of the questions that people have when they donate money is “where does it go?”

That’s a mighty fine question!

Here’s a rundown of what we are raising money for:

  • Local Care Services: for people and families touched by ALS. These services include equipment loan closets, multi-disciplinary clinics, support groups, home visits, and educational materials.  

  • Research: programs across the world committed to finding effective treatments and a cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Our diverse research studies have advanced new discoveries and treatments, and have shed light on the complex genetic and environmental factors involved in ALS.  

  • Public Policy: efforts that change current legislation to provide greater federal support to those with ALS. Current successes include increased veterans benefits, 24-month Medicare waiver, the creation of the National ALS Registry, and research funding by the Department of Defense.

A future post will out line how a donations of $1.00 will directly benefit a person living with ALS.

Please take a moment to support Team Lempa as we Walk to Defeat ALS! You can even be a virtual walker!

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