Walking for hope against diseases

To the editor:

The ALS Raising Hope Foundation is excited to share that we will be hosting the Walk of Hope and Spring Festival on Saturday, March 25 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) in Trinity Park, Plattsburgh (registration 8 a.m.) to support research for cures for neurodegenerative diseases (ALS, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and more).

Dr. Merit Cudkowicz, chief of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, is joining us and kindly will be available for questions. She believes that collaboration across disciplines and fields holds answers and says that “we have the talent and ability to innovate in ways that can redefine our field. So let’s aim for the stars.” Our support can fuel research to save our loved ones. We welcome you to join us in this quest to fund cures.

The Dalai Lama is credited with saying, “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” I think he would genuinely love to see all that is accomplished in the North Country by generous, ordinary people who make a huge difference with their support of charitable causes.

We have a great group of volunteers working to make this a wonderful day filled with activities and opportunities to contribute. (And if you would like to volunteer, we will gladly accept your help.) It is easy to join an existing team, to start your own team or to make a donation by visiting www.alsraisinghope.org. You may also send requests or questions to dlong722@gmail.com or to Darlene Long at 976 Fuller Road in Peru, N.Y.

Shel Silverstein thoughtfully wrote, “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the wont’s. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me. Anything can happen child, anything can be.”

Working together, anything – and everything – can happen.

Darlene Long

ALS Raising Hope Foundation