For the past few years, Team Turning Point has been involved with A Toast to Life and every spring they hold a benefit to raise money for ALS research. What is ALS you ask? Don’t worry, until we started working with A Toast to Life, I didn’t know either. ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS is a disease of the motor neurons, which control voluntary muscle movement but leave mental function intact. The cause is generally unknown, although about 10% of cases are genetic. The majority are sporadic, meaning that it knows no racial, sexual, religious or other boundaries. ALS can be anyone’s life story. ALS results in a slow paralysis, eventually affecting respiratory and cardiac muscles, resulting in death typically two to five years after diagnosis.
As I mentioned, every spring there is a fundraiser put on with the help of the MDA, Augie’s Quest and some simply extraordinary people on the planning committee. Combining the generosity of all those involved and the personal stories of those affected, the evening is always a heartfelt event. A mix of emotions, but mostly a spirited determination to succeed in wiping out this tragic disease.
This year we were fortunate enough to be brought on to tell the story of Dick Jacobson and his family, co-workers and community who are currently coping with this devastating disease. We produced this video to show their spirit, their character and their story.
A special thank you to the Western Springs fire department. It truly takes an extraordinary individual to be a fireman. To want to serve the community, to risk their own safety for the well being of others and to perform such a demanding job day in and day out. But even more than all that, I am repeatedly impressed by their generosity when it comes to helping others on their own personal time. Thank you all for all that you do. Most of us have looked up to you since we were children and even today, we still do.