As 2020 begins in earnest with the first full work week, we asked our Board Chair Josh Rogers to share some thoughts on the upcoming year. Here is Josh’s message for us all:
The ringing in of each new year brings with it hope. When the ball drops and fireworks fill the sky on New Year’s Eve, when we hang a new calendar on the wall and open it to January, when we walk through the front door at work on the first business day of the new year, we press the symbolic reset button on life. We put behind us the challenges and neglected resolutions of the year before and welcome with optimism the next 12 months.
Hope plays a particularly important role in the lives of those of us who are affected by ALS. Many of us have been sustained by hope through darker days than we ever thought we’d experience. Some of us may feel like hope is all we have at the moment. And for others, were it not for traditions like christening the new year, it might feel like there’s no hope anywhere on the horizon.
Rest assured the power of hope is very real. And the ALS Association is here to help the people who depend on us find that hope, embrace it and pay it forward to others who need it. In our latest newsletter, you can see how the work we did last year helped manifest that hope in the hundreds of people with ALS and their families we served. You’ll also read about the important research and advocacy initiatives we advanced to benefit those who are affected by ALS.
And looking ahead at this new year that’s just a few days old, we are optimistic as ever. In recent weeks, we have welcomed new staff members Melissa Smith and Melinda Osborn and new board members Dean Funkenbusch, Scott Strothkamp and Steve Ziegler, who will reinvigorate our efforts in 2020 to create a world without ALS.
We also have locked in the dates of our 2020 marquis fundraising events – our Walks to Defeat ALS® in St. Louis and Springfield, the Swing for a Cure Golf Tournament and the Ice Bucket Bash – which you can find in the newsletter as well. And we have much more in store. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read the newsletter and add these events to your 2020 calendar and plan to join us. Whether you’re someone looking for some hope, or someone who has a little to spare, we would love to have you with us.
In the meantime, on behalf of our staff and board of directors, I’d like to wish all of you a happy, hopeful start to the new year and the new decade. I look forward to working with you in 2020 to further our efforts to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.
Thank you for all you do for our cause.
— Josh Rogers