Ismail will be named as the co-honoree of the 2017 Walk Hero Award at the 15th annual Ventura/Santa Barbara County Walk to Defeat ALS on Sunday, October 29, 2017. In a press release dated October 3, The ALS Association Golden West Chapter explained that “The award is presented to those who are making courageous and inspirational efforts in the areas of advocacy, fundraising, and public awareness while living with ALS.” Click here to read the press release and learn more about Ismail and his award.
Join Ismail and Cheryl and their ALS walk team, Ismail’s Supporters, at the Los Angeles County Walk in Exposition Park in LA on Sunday, October 15, or the Ventura/Santa Barbara County Walk at Plaza Park in Ventura, CA, where Ismail will receive his award, on Sunday, October 29. You’ll have fun and help a lot of people at the same time!
Often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. Although the life expectancy of a person with ALS averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis, Ismail has been living with ALS for more than 30 years. The disease has robbed him of his ability to move his arms and legs, to talk, to eat, even to breathe on his own, but Ismail continues to fight on! Come out and give him your support.
Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
How You Can Help
Just click on one of the links below to join Ismail’s Supporters for one of the Walk to Defeat ALS events. You can also sign up to be a virtual walker or make a donation in support of Ismail’s team. We hope to see you at one of these events!