Creating ALS awareness is one of the greatest gifts you can give to a loved one living with ALS. It speaks volumes when you can’t find the right words, and it unites you together with an unbreakable bond.
If you struggle with how you can get involved with raising awareness, here are three practical tips to get you started:
- Social media. Facebook and Twitter are great tools to share articles, fundraise and connect with other organizations that are passionate about ALS. The art of social media provides you with a platform to spread awareness and promote research funding. If all functions of Facebook and Twitter are utilized, the urgency of finding a cure for ALS can be spread like wildfire with just one click of a button.
- Share your story. We all have a story to tell and nothing creates awareness better than your story. Sharing the heartbreak and the triumphs of your struggle with ALS draws attention to the desperate need for a cure. The miracle of learning to overcome adversity and find hope in the midst of ALS breaks down walls and shows a soft side to life with ALS. Sharing your story makes you a walking advocate for ALS awareness.
- Find a local company that partners with MDA and donate. Every year Dutch Bros. Coffee holds an event at the beginning of May to raise money and awareness for ALS. On this day, all proceeds are donated to MDA to fund further research and help families living with ALS.
Whether it’s a local coffee shop, a drug store or the neighbor down the street, the opportunities to collaborate and bring awareness are endless.
There are so many ways you can make a difference and help raise ALS awareness. Join in this month and help us knock out ALS!
About the Author
I am a twenty-something, vibrant and creative new mommy to the most handsome and charming little boy! I live a life of passion and find joy in God's creation. I have created this blog in honor of my beautiful mom Linda! She is my inspiration and my best friend! On Nov. 30, 2010, she was diagnosed with ALS, a devastating and heartbreaking disease. My desire is for this blog to bring encouragement and hope to other families who are suffering with a terminal illness. Grab a cup of coffee or some lemonade, and join us as we laugh, cry and celebrate this incredible life we have been given!
Tara Turner lives in Gilbert, Ariz. Check out her blog, A Beautiful Life: One girl’s journey through the trials and grace of supporting a mom with ALS.