Defeat ALS! Join Team Lempa
On December 12, 2013 I received a phone call from my mom while my co-workers were wishing me a happy 33rd birthday. My Dad had lost a 2.5 year battle with ALS (aka amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; Lou Gehrig’s Disease). While his passing wasn’t unexpected, we didn’t think it would happen on my birthday. Needless to say I hopped in my car and started driving. And driving.
This trip was nothing new -hell I once road a 125cc scooter from Lawrence, KS to Chicago – but it was different. It was both longer and quicker. Further and shorter. Multiple text messages from my brother reminded me to be safe while at the same time telling me that I needed to get home sooner. Rachel checked in to make sure that I was OK as did a few of my closest friends. Gaslight Anthem’s ’59 Sound was on repeat.
The drive itself was mostly a blur. I do remember laughing and crying as long lost memories formed a mental collage. When I arrived in Berwyn I was greeted by my Mom and brother. We hugged, laughed, and cried.
Three months later it is still hard to believe that our family of five is now a family of four. This experience has both weakened and strengthened us as a family. I am grateful for my friends and family that supported me throughout this ordeal and have checked in on me afterwards. I might not always say it, but I love and appreciate you.
I am also extremely thankful for the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter. Without them I don’t know how we would have made it through this ordeal. They provided equipment, guidance, and emotional support. Additionally the ALS Association also supports research to fight ALS and discover a cure.
Last year I captained the top fundraising team in the Walk to Defeat ALS. This year we have reformed Team Lempa and are again raising money to find a cure to this horrific disease. You can support us by clicking here: http://webchicago.alsa.org/goto/ChrisLempa2014
PS – I will be participating in a number of runs throughout the year. I will use these runs to raise money for the ALSA and to raise awareness of this horrific disease.
Defeat ALS! Join Team Lempa
Tomorrow marks the two month passing of my Dad, Kenneth Lempa. Last year we were fortunate enough to have him walk with Team Lempa: Walk to Defeat ALS as we rocked it out at last year’s Walk to Defeat ALS. This year we will be walking in his honor.
Can you help us as we raise money to defeat this awful disease? Every penny helps. My mom , uncle and I would also love to have you join our team! Please email me (8lempa8 (at) gmail dot com) if you’d like to walk with us.
You can support us by clicking here: http://webchicago.alsa.org/goto/ChrisLempa2014
I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions. For that reason I was very excited when I read about goal setting in Matt Frazier’s new book No Meat Athlete: Run On Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self. With that inspiration in mind, I will be spending a portion of today setting goals using the following 5 points as an outline:
- Get some dreams on paper.
- Set a timeline for each goal.
- Circle your top three one-year goals.
- Get specific about your three one-year goals.
- Make plans and take action.
Once I complete my goals, I will post them here as a way to hold myself accountable.
I made this soup for dinner. It was delicious.
I took this picture while I was walking my dog through the Brook Creek Neighborhood. It was a reminder of why I like Lawrence.
Great Mullein is one of my favorite plants.
There are two ways to join Team Lempa as we Walk to Defeat ALS. One is as a Virtual Walker and the other is as a Fundraising Walker.
Step 1 – Go to http://webchicago.alsa.org/goto/TeamLempa
Step 2 – Click on Join Team
Step 3 – Choose either Virtual Walker or Fundraising Walker.
Choose Virtual Walker if you will not be able to attend the actual walk but would like to help us fundraise.
Choose Fundraising Walker if you will be able to walk.
Step 4 – Fill out the rest of the information.
Step 5 – DONE!
It’s that simple. Once you have joined Team Lempa we ask that you help us raise money for the ALS Association. As some of you know, this organization has been extremely helpful for my entire family.
Please contact me if you have any questions. My email is 8 lempa 8 (at) gmail . com (remove the spaces and use the @ symbol).
The ALS Association is one of the most committed organizations I have worked with. This is one of the reasons that I am proud to be a participant in the Walk to Defeat ALS. One of the questions that people have when they donate money is “where does it go?”
That’s a mighty fine question!
Here’s a rundown of what we are raising money for:
Local Care Services: for people and families touched by ALS. These services include equipment loan closets, multi-disciplinary clinics, support groups, home visits, and educational materials.
Research: programs across the world committed to finding effective treatments and a cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Our diverse research studies have advanced new discoveries and treatments, and have shed light on the complex genetic and environmental factors involved in ALS.
Public Policy: efforts that change current legislation to provide greater federal support to those with ALS. Current successes include increased veterans benefits, 24-month Medicare waiver, the creation of the National ALS Registry, and research funding by the Department of Defense.
A future post will out line how a donations of $1.00 will directly benefit a person living with ALS.
Please take a moment to support Team Lempa as we Walk to Defeat ALS! You can even be a virtual walker!
As some of you know my Dad has been diagnosed with ALS. On May 18th my family will be participating in the Greater Chicago Walk to Defeat ALS. I am hoping to raise $1,000 to support the ALS Association and the work they do for individuals and their families that are living with ALS. Please click on this link to make a donation.
My Mom and I also invite you to join Team Lempa. If you are interested, please contact one of us.
More details will be posted on the attached link and as well as on this website. If you are on Facebook, please consider joining Team Lempa on Facebook.
About the ALS Association:
Established in 1985, The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.
As the preeminent ALS organization, The Association leads the way in research, care services, public education, and public policy — giving help and hope to those facing the disease. The Association’s nationwide network of chapters provides comprehensive patient services and support to the ALS community. The mission of The ALS Association is to lead the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy, while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.
I am slowly but surely working on some new content for my blog. My goal will be to post weekly, but that will depend on my schedule. My personal and professional life are keeping me busy, but I like it that way. Aside from work I am taking an MOOC on Game Theory through Coursera. It is a seven week class that requires a commitment of seven hours a week. I’m excited to test this newish trend in continuing education.
On the home front I plan on doing some home minor home renovations. I’m new to the DIY home improvement scene, but I am eager to make it work. If things go well I’ll post pictures. If they don’t go well I’ll post rants.