Note from Tonya: Love in the Trenches
ALS Association of Texas
by Tonya Hitschmann
5d ago
Love is in the air! Every year at this time, advertisements everywhere are reminding us to express our love in sweet, wonderful l(and sometimes CRAZY expensive!) ways.  As it goes, on this day we find unique and meaningful ways to express our love and gratitude for one another. You know what? Our ALS community demonstrates love for each other in some of the most extraordinary ways ever throughout every day of the year. Granted, there may not be as much hype and glitz around every day, “ordinary” displays of love. But then again, the ALS journey is anything but ordinary. Love is found in ..read more
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Remembering Steve Branch: 2023 Dallas Clay Shoot Hero
ALS Association of Texas
by Katie Gilroy
1w ago
Steve Branch has always been a mover and a shaker. Whether he was spending time with his family, playing sports, or helping around his community, Steve was active and moving. He made sure to pass his sense of adventure and accountability on to his 3 daughters, Katie, Lisa, and Christy. “My dad was committed to his family and friends.  He was always available to listen and provided sensible advice.  He was self-reliant, stubborn, and always accountable to doing the right thing.  As his daughters, he held us all accountable to be our best selves.   As a father, he main ..read more
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No Action Is Too Small: Stephen Tyree Joins Houston Marathon to Raise Awareness to ALS
ALS Association of Texas
by Olivia Mohney
1M ago
For Stephen Tyree, participating in the Houston Marathon in 2023 is more important than ever. His desire to participate was sparked after hearing that Patrick Behan, his roommate from Bucknell University, is living with ALS. Stephen and Patrick lived together during their college years at Bucknell, they played basketball together, lived in the same room together, and ate meals together.   After graduation, their lives took different paths as Stephen moved to Houston. During their time apart, Patrick’s father passed away from ALS and a few years later Patrick was diagnosed himself. Since ..read more
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A Scouts Honor to the Fight Against ALS
ALS Association of Texas
by Olivia Mohney
1M ago
The leaves and dirt crunched underneath the footsteps of the scout troop. The trees towered above them as a group of young boys made their way through the Appalachian Trail. Following their trusted leader, although he always took the last position while hiking to make sure everyone was accounted for, the journey ahead of them was tiring but worth it. When phones still had a cord and video had yet to kill the radio star, their leader, Bryan Staley used only a map, the trail guide, and his intuition as his guide through the wilderness. Gregory Hall, a member of the troop, went to the same chur ..read more
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When a Walk Becomes a Run
ALS Association of Texas
by Olivia Mohney
1M ago
  The Walk to Defeat ALS is a favored celebration of hope that takes place in Texas every October. For many, it is a time to remember and cheer on their loved ones who have been impacted by ALS. The walk is the perfect way to celebrate community and hope, but the walk often does so much more. For Sarah Mullican, the Walk to Defeat ALS inspired her to compete in the Houston Run for a Reason to support the ALS community in Texas. Sarah Mullican was not an avid runner growing up. It became a pastime in her late twenties. In 2018 she heard about a Walk to Defeat ALS team hosted by ..read more
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Note from Tonya – Life is Like a Road Trip
ALS Association of Texas
by Tonya Hitschmann
2M ago
As another year begins to wind down, we find ourselves both reflecting on the months behind us and looking to the year ahead. We think of all that has happened since this same time last year and wonder what the coming year will bring. What were some of the landmarks of your year? Life is like a road trip. When we are preparing for a road trip, we usually follow some type of checklist that helps ensure a smooth journey. We look at the map to determine the best route, plan for some rest and refueling stops, pack plenty of snacks, and make sure that our car has a safety check-up before hitting t ..read more
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Doing More Together: 2022 in Review
ALS Association of Texas
by Jill Dalager Brunner
2M ago
We’re doing more together. But what does this mean for our community? Right now, we’re still serving more Texans with ALS than ever before in our history. This is a strong indicator of our connection to the ALS community across the state and how our reach to the ALS population has grown. It’s estimated that 5 out of every 100,000 people will be diagnosed with ALS. If we compare that to the 2022 population of Texas, there’s estimated to be just over 1,500 people living with ALS in the state. There are currently 1,174 Texans with ALS registered with the ALS Association, meaning we serve 78% of ..read more
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A Note from Tonya – How Do You Show Up?
ALS Association of Texas
by Tonya Hitschmann
3M ago
Have you ever felt like you are living outside of your life? Like your life is happening but you aren’t part of it-you are simply an observer? More like life is happening to you versus your being an active participant in living your best life. Recently, I have read a couple of very inspiring columns related to how we show up in life. What does it mean to “show up”? It means not phoning it in-which is honestly a big part of today’s culture. I believe it means to be aware and intentional. It is being mindful and present with each moment, opportunity, and/or experience. Showing up in our daily ..read more
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An Artist and His Soundtrack – How Chalk Impacted a Father’s Journey with ALS
ALS Association of Texas
by Olivia Mohney
3M ago
“Oh, dear Dad, Can you see me now” – Release, Pearl Jam   On an unusually rainy day in El Paso, Texas, Wyndi Soto arrived at the annual Chalk the Block for the first time in nearly half a decade. She entered with her cousin in the professional division. She spent over 14 hours creating a piece of work 10 feet by 5 feet in length. The competition was intense, yet it reminded Wyndi of her father and the time they spent creating together in the past.   “I am myself, like you somehow” – Release, Pearl Jam  15 years ago, Wyndi’s father took her to the new Chalk the Block competitio ..read more
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Leaning into Love – The Gift of Caregiving
ALS Association of Texas
by Tonya Hitschmann
3M ago
“ “Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.” ― Tia Walker, The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love   November is National Family Caregivers Month -a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of the family caregiver and to provide them with the tools that they need to care for their loved ones and for themselves. Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans (21.3%), or 53 million Americans identify as unpaid caregivers? 10% are enrolled in college or other classes 89% of those caring for adults are caring for a relative 40 ..read more
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