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Help Fight ALS

Published October 30, 2015 12:13 PM by Debra Karplus
You probably have never heard of either Ray Spooner or Lynda Holman but both could use your help. Ray is a 56 year old nurse midwife living here in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. I have known him and his family for many years. Ray is a fascinating man with many interests. I attended his Bar Mitzvah earlier this year. He did an amazing job reading portions of The Torah. At times, he was difficult to understand, not because he was speaking in Hebrew, but because ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) has impaired his ability to speak.  This deterioration has all happened in the few months since his December 2014 diagnosis.

An avid bicyclist, Ray set out to bike across America to raise money for ALS research. Sadly, fractures from a bike accident in Arizona early in his journey made it impossible for him to continue his ride.

But you can still donate to help fund further research for ALS and MDA via Ray's web site, http://www.rayslittleride.com/. Ray has received much local press and you can do an online search to learn more about Ray and his fundraising efforts to eliminate this very cruel disease.

Lynda Holman is a school occupational therapist here in Champaign-Urbana. She is a local Autism expert and has done wonderful things with some of the younger children in Champaign Unit 4 Schools. Linda is 50 years old and had to stop working after she was diagnosed with ALS in August 2014. The article in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com/ asks for donations to help Lynda with medical expenses to be made to Central Illinois Bank in Champaign.

As health care professionals, both Ray and Lynda know the sad reality about ALS. Not too long ago, I wrote a blog about my friend's brother who has ALS; he too is in his fifties, and like Ray and Lynda, took good care of himself and was shocked to learn of his diagnosis.

I had never given much thought to ALS but as it impacts people so close to home, it has really gotten my attention.

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