Giving Thanks This November

At the St. Louis Regional Chapter, we are incredibly thankful to everyone who joins the effort to find a cure and provide services for people with ALS in eastern Missouri and central and southern Illinois. This year during the holiday season, we’re sharing what makes people thankful in our community who are dedicated to fighting ALS. Here are some of the things they’re thankful for this year.


“This Thanksgiving I’m thankful that my disease is progressing slowly. I’m thankful for my family and friends who assist me in trying to get the word out about ALS and it’s devastating affects with no cure. One day there will be a cure for others and it will be because of all of us that have fought to bring that cure forward.”

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Pattie and her husband, Lester, cutting the ribbon at the 2017 Springfield Walk to Defeat ALS®

-Pattie Hamlin, person with ALS

“Every day, I make it a point to have an attitude of gratitude.  I’m thankful for the things I’ve learned and accomplished, and especially for the experiences I’ve had. Everything I’ve done up to this point has helped prepare me for the next family I meet and want to help.  I am thankful for the knowledge and compassion that I have been given and am able to share with the families we serve.”

-Lori Dobbs, care services coordinator

“Everything The Association does makes a difference. Being able to go to someone’s house and actually see the impact you are making forces one to be incredibly thankful. Knowing that such small actions can help in such a big way is why the ALS association is so good at helping those with ALS.”

Greg Bishop, volunteer

“I’m so very grateful for the opportunity to volunteer my time at the St. Louis ALS Regional Chapter office.  As a retiree, it was very important that I find an organization that had really good people, working for the very special cause of providing care, compassion and assistance to people in dire need because of the affliction of ALS.  I’m blessed for the opportunity and feel very appreciated for my contribution.”

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Jan volunteering at the office

-Jan Herhold, volunteer

“As I take time to reflect on things I’m most grateful for in my life, I feel blessed for the time spent with family and loved ones.  As we get older or battle illness, we understand more and more how valuable each day is.  When my dad passed in July 2017 after his fight with ALS it was certainly a difficult time for our family, but watching his battle was also another life lesson and gift that he left me on how to live.  I try to cherish each day and I’m honored to be a part of the fight against ALS.  The ALS Association is fighting each day to battle this disease through important clinical research and supporting those families in need.  If my efforts, no matter how small, can help add another day then I think the fight is worth it.  I’m also grateful for all those who have been a part of this fight and helped to give me and my family the gift of time with my loved ones.”

-Anthony Mitchell, board member

“I will be forever grateful that I have been able to share so many moments, some short, others prolonged, with persons affected by ALS as well as their families. In my work, my ultimate mission is to make an impact, no matter the size, but in reality, the pALS and families have made their impact on me.  For this, I am most grateful.”

-Heather Burns, care services team manager

“I am thankful to be a part of the community that is the ALS Association. By that I mean the staff, patients, families, medical professionals, donors, and volunteers. All of the people who are working together to create a world without ALS. I’m blessed to be a part of that community that will someday lead to a treatment and a cure.”

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Diana at the 2018 St. Louis Walk to Defeat ALS® Kick-Off Celebration

-Diana Wunning, St. Louis Walk committee member

“I would like to recognize and honor my parents, Jim and Jeanne Yochim, for the exceptional care they provide my twin brother Mike who was diagnosed with ALS in 2013.  One can verbalize love and also demonstrate it. They do both on a daily basis.  The quality care they have given my brother for the last five years is a true manifestation of love. They unselfishly give of their time and energy each day to make sure my brother’s needs are met and that he still can live a dignified life. Thank you.”

-Jim Yochim, brother of Mike Yochim, person with ALS

“I’m thankful for those who stand beside me working towards a treatment and cure for ALS. So many face so much challenge and heartache but yet are so strong and courageous as they fight their battle against ALS. So I’m thankful to be a part of the fight against ALS and to be able to honor those affected by this disease and stand behind them supporting them every way possible so that they can live life to the fullest.”

-Maureen Barber Hill, President and CEO, ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter

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