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Health

Manhattan woman with ALS honored

Since being diagnosed with ALS in September of 1992, Mindy Evans-Williams of Manhattan has received individualized support and resources from the Les Turner ALS Foundation.

To show her appreciation and to help others facing their own unique experiences with ALS, Mindy generously pays it forward with gifts and financial donations to directly benefit other people living with ALS (PALS) and their families as well as the Foundation.

On March 9, the Les Turner ALS Foundation honored Mindy for her kindness and commitment to the fight against ALS at the Hope Through Caring Gala in Chicago.

Mindy, her daughter McKenna and their extended family, including Mindy’s seven siblings and their children, have supported the Les Turner ALS Foundation events throughout the years.

They have attended the Hope Through Caring Gala, Strike Out ALS 5K Run and 1 Mile Run, Walk & Roll, and ALS Walk for Life. Soon Melissa will begin planning her eighth annual Tag Days drive in Tinley Park in May (ALS Awareness Month).

Mindy has lost the ability to use her arms and legs, and is dependent on a wheelchair for mobility. As the disease affects her throat muscles, Mindy’s speech is slow and slurred.

Despite her physical limitations, Mindy’s mind is healthy and her sense of humor strong. The average survival for someone affected by ALS is three to five years. For a small percentage of people like Mindy, the disease progresses very slowly.

Living with ALS can make outings, especially those among large crowds, difficult, so as a way to share in her love of sports without the chaos of a Major League Baseball park, Mindy hosted PALS and their families in her private Guaranteed Rate skybox.

Not once, not twice. Four different times.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a terminal progressive disease that causes muscle weakness, difficulty speaking and swallowing and, generally, complete paralysis. While some symptoms are treatable, there is no known prevention or cure for ALS.

Every 90 minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies of ALS.

For more information about the Les Turner ALS Foundation, call 847-679-3311 or visit lesturnerals.org.

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