I haven’t thought about him in years, I don’t even remember his name. At the time I was a district manager for a New England pizza chain and he worked for me in one of the most rural areas of New Hampshire. He was young, maybe late 20’s when he died with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Back then I was only familiar with ALS as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and I remember being shocked that it could strike someone that young and take such a drastic toll so quickly.
I have since done a little investigation and found out several fascinating facts about ALS.
- It’s a progressive disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spreads to muscles throughout the body. But only voluntary muscles, not the heart or digestive system.
- Victims may become totally paralyzed.
- It will likely affect speech, breathing and swallowing.
- There is no cure.
A lot of progress has been made in the area of understanding ALS and treating the symptoms and that’s why I’m posting this. As in the case of most medical research, a little help can go a very long way.
I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It started through social media but it seems like it’s everywhere. Awesome!!
If you’re called out, do it! The challenge involves dumping a bucket of ice over your head or paying up… $100 to the ALS association. A lot of people have chosen to do both. But if you choose the “bucket” then kudos to you! You’re spreading the word. According to the ALS.org website, as of August 20th the challenge has raised 31.5 Million Dollars compared to 1.9 million in the same time period last year.
I was called out by a fellow Realtor and chose three of my Title Company buddies as the next victims.
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– — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —Bill Salvatore is a member of Heroes Home Advantage, a cash back program for Real Estate buyers and sellers. The program honors Veterans and Active Military Members, Fire Fighters and First Responders, EMTs and Emergency Medical Personnel, Nurses, and Teachers. Through the Heroes Home Advantage program, Realtors give a portion of their commission back to the hero in the form of assistance with closing costs. Bill is also President of the Phoenix Chapter of VAREP, Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals. VAREP is focused on education and employment, making real estate transactions smoother and easier for Veterans and Military Personnel, and instructing other real estate related professionals in the best procedures for dealing with these transactions. VAREP is a nationwide non-profit organization with an impressive presence in the Phoenix area. In founding AZVHV, Arizona Veterans Helping Veterans, Bill has spread his dedication to Veterans and Military throughout the real estate industry. An increasing number of local professionals have joined Bill in offering discounts to these heroes, not only when buying or selling a home but in all aspects of homeownership. AZVHV has developed a wide range of services and is gaining momentum every year. Membership is free. Bill’s only requirements are that businesses be legitimate and willing to offer a discount on their services to Veterans and Military Members. You can contact Bill at Realty Executives East Valley, 1166 E Warner Rd. Suite 117, Gilbert AZ, 85296. Direct Phone: 602-999-0952. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.yourValleyProperty.com. Helpful web sites and blogs: www.AZVHV.wordpress.com / www.cashbackforheroes.wordpress.com / www.VAREP.wordpress.com