Number One Reason to Do a Triathlon

I just recently read a post “Rev3 Maine: My Gratitude Race” by Jamie at swimbikerunlive.com and it made me once again realize just how fortunate most of us are. My father passed away from ALS earlier this year.
 
Sept. 18, 2012 - PRLog -- For those not familiar with ALS it stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and is often refered to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”.  ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease with no known cure.  The nerves that are affected by ALS are the motor neurons that control voluntary movements and muscle power.  The result of ALS is a slow and unstoppable deterioration of voluntary muscles within your body.  Not that I would consider any disease to be better than another but after having personal experience with ALS, it is truly one of the worse I can imagine.

My father was a very proud and strong man most of his life.  He serverd more than 6 years as a Marine in the U.S. Marine Corps and would occassionally tell us stories of the training runs and workouts they would do on a regular basis.  After the Marines he worked in manual labor jobs and enjoyed being able to shoot his guns, go bowling, play pool, travel, and most of all, do actvities with his three kids and eventually his energetic grand kids.  It wasn’t until about 5 years ago that we started noticing something wrong.

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