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~ fundraiser party disguised as a dove hunt ~

This fundraiser was started in honor of a very dear friend. Even though he lost his battle with A.L.S., his friends continue to raise money every year to help others battling this horrible disease.

Rosemary Bledsoe passed away in 2012 after her battle with A.L.S.  The Top Guns have voted to continue our support for the Bledsoe family.  Our efforts will always be in remembrance of Steve “Wildthing” Ledbetter and Rosemary Bledsoe, as well as all of those who have battled and continue to battle A.L.S.

 

2014 marks our 25th year in raising awareness and helping to find a cure for ALS. Last year we raised over $12,500.00! That is awesome!

Thank you to all who participated in this year's events, gave of themselves and their financial support!

Visit the Calendar for more details.

 

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To our fellow T.A.I.D.S. men and women who have passed on, we dedicate a special website to the memory of their lives.
Please click here to enjoy their photos and stories.

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Be sure to check the BIRD ON THE WIRE for news and updates on the upcoming T.A.I.D.S. event!

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A SPECIAL THANK YOU to everyone involved!

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What is A.L.S.?

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a motor neuron disease, first described in 1869 by the noted French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot. Although the cause of ALS is not completely understood, the last decade has brought a wealth of new scientific understanding about the disease that provides hope for the future.

Lou GehrigLou Gehrig first brought national and international attention to the disease in 1939 when he abruptly retired from baseball after being diagnosed with ALS. Most commonly, the disease strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time.

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that usually attacks both upper and lower motor neurons and causes degeneration throughout the brain and spinal cord. A common first symptom is a painless weakness in a hand, foot, arm or leg, which occurs in more than half of all cases. Other early symptoms include speech swallowing or walking difficulty.

The biological mechanisms that cause ALS are only partially understood. The only known cause of ALS is a mutation of a specific gene: the SOD1 gene. This mutation is believed to make a defective protein that is toxic to motor nerve cells. The SOD1 mutation, however, accounts for only 1 or 2 percent of ALS cases, or 20 percent of the familial (inherited) cases.

Familial ALS represents between 5 to 10 percent of all cases. The rest arise spontaneously and mysteriously, making seemingly random attacks on previously healthy adults. ALS can strike anyone, anytime.

Stem cell and gene therapy are promising areas of research. In a variety of studies, ALS mouse models are being used to develop treatments that may someday lead to similar human clinical trials. Gene therapy is one field of research where The ALS Association is concentrating support for more study.

More significant advances of research into ALS have occurred in the last decade than all of the time since Charcot identified the disease. Advances in technology and the genetic revolution are aiding researchers in unlocking the ALS mystery. As more scientists focus on this perplexing disease, the outlook for new understanding brightens each day.

(Source: The ALS Association)

 

AUCTION

Each year several people and companies donate an item or a service for the auction held on the Saturday night of T.A.I.D.S. weekend. Items are typically things made by individuals reflecting this year's theme or A.L.S. Companies typically donate a service and/or time.

Funds raised at T.A.I.D.S. during the Auction will be designated to A.L.S. Association (patient services), Project A.L.S. (research for the cure), and a family of our choice who has experienced A.L.S. personally.

If you would like to donate a service or an item for this year's auction, please contact:

DeWayne Mirtsching at doc@eldoco.com

or Stephanie Holder at steph_holder@yahoo.com

 

2014 T-SHIRTS

 

2014 RAFFLE TICKETS

For details, click on the picture above.

To buy tickets/t-shirts or to obtain them to sell, please contact:

DeWayne “Doc” Mirtsching

(512)789-4300 or doc@eldoco.com