Getting diagnosed with ALS is getting a death sentence. The disease causes muscle weakness, paralysis and eventually respiratory failure. It can attack quickly, giving the person only 2-5 years of life after diagnosis, but a few live as many as 10 years. There is only one medication for treating ALS, and that only gives people a few extra months of life.
More research is needed to find more effective treatments for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Since the Ice Bucket Challenge started, participants across the country have donated $50 million for research, at last check.
At 2:30 p.m. today, we did our part to help. The BAT Logistics managers were challenged by Amber Mascarello as part of Physmed, Inc. team’s completion of the challenge. Mascarello is General Manager Ashley Jankowski’s sister. To raise additional funds for ALS, we auctioned off who got to pour the water on each manager and lead.
(left to right: Chuck Kizer, bucket poured by Mike Wajda; Katie Forney, poured by Luke Nastase; Ashley Jankowski, poured by Stephen Sinclair; Krysten Parrish, poured by Eric Damon; Joe Kier, poured by Katy Wilson; and Ralph Blank, poured by Anthony Harder.)