What’s With The Pig?

ALS was first identified in 1869 and to this day it remains incurable and fatal. We still don’t know with any certainty what causes ALS. We don’t know who among us will get ALS, and once diagnosed we don’t know how it will progress or how fast it will progress from individual to individual. In the passing of all these years, despite relentless research by dedicated medical professionals, only one drug has been found that has the potential to extend life by an average of two months among a small percentage of ALS patients. Resources and procedures have been developed along the way to help those living with ALSĀ  manage their lives with more ease and independence but there remains no cure in sight even though it’s out there waiting for us to find it.

So it’s understandable that some people feel that finding a cure for ALS will happen when pigs fly, but what they seem to have forgotten is that pigs really can fly! No, really. I’ve seen a few airborne pigs in my own life and I’m sure you have to; those events you thought you’d never live to see happen until one day when they did.

But here’s a truism about flying pigs: If we sit around all day staring a pig down waiting for him to sprout wings that squeaker is never going to take flight but if we keep tying balloons around the pig, eventually, with enough balloons that pig is going sky high!

That’s what Sweet Hope Cookies is all about. I’m just doing what I know to add my few balloons around this one particular pig with the hope that one day, with enough balloons, those little pig hooves will lose contact with the ground and fly high.

For the day to come when ALS is curable and if not curable, treatable, we have to stop staring down the pig in resignation and do something about it. Together we need to step up to that bovine and keep tying on balloons and if we do, we might see the day come in our own lives when people with ALS will die from old age and not fromĀ  ALS.

So….what balloon are you going to tie on the pig?

Support the programming of an ALS chapter near you.

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Participant in one of the Walk to Defeat ALS events held around the country each year by either walking it yourself because you can or sponsoring someone you know who is.

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Become better informed about ALS and the lives of those living courageously with the disease.

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Spread awareness among your immediate circle of family and friends about ALS through conversation and by wearing an ALS Awareness Band. Get an ALS band through the Oregon-SW Chapter of the ALS Association by emailing info@alsa-or.org or phoning 800-681-9851.

 

Streamline that unsightly bulge in your wallet by donating once or regularly to the ALS Association.

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And need I say it, but EAT MY COOKIES! Think of it as an amuse bouche to your charitable giving.