An ALS diagnosis often compels people to look forward to possible symptoms and challenges. It also provides a moment to look back at the fullness of life and reflect on the things that make us who we are. …


Relationships. Caring. Understanding.

Ice hockey. And dogs to love. How we cope.

Amy Conard is tiny. But don’t let her size fool you! Her stature is larger than life. This 5’2” woman would raise her 6’2” boyfriend Frank Rosenberry in and out of his wheelchair like a champion weightlifter. She…


Jim and Joan Fulkroad have devoted their lives to building bridges. Along with his brother Gerald, Jim and the 125 people employed by their company, Jay Fulkroad & Sons, Inc. have constructed bridges in communities throughout Pennsylvania and especially the Mifflintown area. …


A Mother’s Day Story of Love: The Power of the ALS Community

Lura Sawyer of Mechanicsburg, PA is a loving mother, grandmother, friend and full-time caregiver to her husband and best friend Pete who has been living with ALS for over five years. The physical and emotional strain of the…


By Father John Wagner, a person with ALS.

Father John Wagner, wearing his Walk shirt, cut the ribbon at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Walk to Defeat ALS with PA State Senator Pat Browne.

Light streaming from the rising sun sets a kaleidoscope of vivid colors dancing across the freshly washed, heavily starched, and faultlessly ironed linens adorning the high altar in this Victorian Era church. It provides a feast for the visual senses, just as…


In March 2020, Pete Sawyer, a veteran with ALS from central Pennsylvania, spent time in a hospital just as the Coronavirus outbreak was growing in the state. …


Ralph Derr still remembers his first Phillies game. It was 1950 and he was 8 years old. His grandfather needed a buddy to join him at church sponsored game, so Ralph was his special guest. That is when Ralph first fell in love with baseball.


Read and share this personal message from Mike Gershman about why he is taking part in the Greater Philadelphia Walk to Defeat ALS. Join him at www.greaterphiladelphiawalktodefeatals.org

“In April of 2018, my ankle felt ‘out of place’ and I stopped being able to run. By May, I was falling frequently…


by Marcia Telthorster

Every year, I take my bike out, gather my friends, and participate in The Ride to Defeat ALS. The event is always a terrific and positive day, with routes that are just challenging enough, riders of all ages and experience, and a fantastic end point with Morey’s…


By Megan Kraus

Trains usually don’t travel alone. When you’re watching a train go by at a crossing, there are usually many cars connected, all going in the same direction and with the same purpose.

So when our dad Wayne Kraus was diagnosed with ALS, we wanted him to know…

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