We are Paul Carey, 22, and Christian Carey, 20...
We are "two brothers on a mission!" ...
That mission is to help find a cure for a fatal disease that our mom, Lorri (Knox) Carey, was diagnosed with at the age of 38, ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).
After our mom was diagnosed with ALS in May of 2004, we established Kids4Cure as our platform to raise money and awareness for this fatal disease in hopes of finding a cure.
When our mom told us that ALS is a fatal disease with no known cure and that ALS usually takes the lives of patients in just 2-5 years, we knew we needed to do something. We could not just sit back and watch.
ALS, more commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a fatal, neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord. When these cells die, voluntary muscle control and movement dies with them. Patients in the later stages of the disease are totally paralyzed, yet in most cases, their minds remain sharp and alert.
Our 2004 Kids4Cure Walk to Defeat ALS walk team established new national records of raising nearly $80,000 and drawing 550 walkers.
Even though to date we have now raised nearly $500,000 for ALS research and patient services, we will not stop until a cure is found. We are preparing for our eighth walk!
It is time to find a cure.
Please know that ALS can strike anyone. Every day, an average of 15 people are newly diagnosed with ALS - more than 5,000 people per year. As many as 30,000 Americans may currently be affected by ALS.
Thank you for your generosity in helping us find a cure for this devastating disease!
Paul and Christian Carey