Meet Team Clauson (or as I have known them collectively for over 30 years -- Erik, Jenny and the twins.) Their story begins like many - meet, marry and raise a family but after Erik was diagnosed with ALS, the Clauson's began raising much more than just their family, they began raising awareness and funds.
If you are like me, the first time you ever really heard of ALS was when everyone started dumping buckets of ice over their heads a few years ago. While that effort was an amazing step in educating and awareness of ALS, it was just that -- a first step. For Erik and Jenny there is so much more work to do and the bravery, hope and joy with which they lead their lives is beyond inspiring.
Erik wrote a letter to his friends and family earlier this year and I just wanted to share an excerpt of what he said because it is truly a life lesson for us all. "I'm learning not to dwell on the things I’ve lost and cannot do anymore. I don’t mourn the past but rather celebrate the moment, treasure the things that are still possible."
In that spirit of possibilities Team Clauson is raising money for the Seattle ALS Walk, Saturday, September 8, 2018. Together we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The team is committed to raising money to support people in our community with ALS and spread awareness of the urgency to find treatment and a cure. To read more about Erik, Jenny and the Clauson's story or donate please click here.
MORE ABOUT ALS: Often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.