Last Tuesday, on my return from a long weekend spent in Montana, I sat by a man on the Atlanta to Charleston flight who had recently finished writing a book about an inspirational friend, Jimmy Culveyhouse, who is not only fighting ALS, but is also fighting to raise $1M to support ALS research.
May is National ALS Awareness Month.
All of the proceeds for the book, Fighting to Give: The Jimmy Culveyhouse Story, will go towards fighting ALS and cancer. The author, Christopher Stevens, lost his wife much too early to lung cancer. Neither his wife - nor my Mother - smoked.
Of course this touched me - with my Mother passing away just over a year ago from lung cancer...and with two people in my life, my Father's Mother and a close friend, both losing battles to ALS.
My friend, Tom, and I emailed almost everyday after his diagnosis - that is, up until three days before he passed away. For the last several months, he was able to send emails via a voice-activated system. He chose not to go on a respirator, and shortly after his diagnosis, he visited Johns Hopkins University and an ALS researcher there - and signed documents to donate his body to support ALS research.
I'll order a copy of the book - and I hope you do too. Help me spread the word, okay?