Hello, walkers! Welcome to Walker Wednesday where we share inspiring stories and tips on how to run a successful fundraiser and keep you up to date on Walk news.
Count Me In! Teammate Recruitment
A large turnout on Walk Day will show those affected by ALS that they are not alone and show Chicago that though ALS is a rare disease, it affects many.
WHO TO ASK
Don’t be afraid to ask your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, religious group, or anyone you know. All are welcome. And remember, not all members need to attend the Walk in person.
WHAT TO ASK
You are asking your team to help raise funds for the Les Turner ALS Foundation’s mission to provide individualized care, local community support, and hope through scientific research for the ALS community. And you are asking your team to join you on Walk Day for a day of solidarity and celebration with music, entertainment, and food trucks at Soldier Field.
WHEN TO ASK
The earlier you start, the more time you have to reach your fundraising goals and earn fundraising incentive prizes.
HOW TO ASK
Walker Spotlight: Bryan Caspersen
“I walk because I still can.” Bryan Casperson has PLS, a motor neuron disease similar to ALS, and has been walking in the ALS Walk for Life for 5 years. Bryan was aware of ALS and the Les Turner ALS Foundation from attending the Foundation’s annual Mammoth Music Mart, but once he saw the effects of ALS firsthand and was later diagnosed with PLS, he knew he needed to do everything he could to help cure ALS and PLS.
Every year to raise money for his walk team, his family hosts a car wash out of their auto repair shop. He also sells his hand-made ceramics at the car wash. He is very grateful to his daughter for helping organize the car wash and to his church and community for supporting him. His advice to others is to reach out to everyone in your family, friends, and community to donate and to start fundraising as early as you can.