November 14, 2013

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Mr. Kirk and the entire Kirk Clan walk to defeat ALS.

Mr. Kirk and the entire Kirk Clan were decked out in green and blue plaid kilts or pants as they walked

Lou Gehrig once said, “I might have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for.”

That’s the same sentiment displayed by Mr. Richard Kirk, an Epic client who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease – in 2010.

Last Saturday. Mr. Kirk and the entire Kirk Clan were decked out in green and blue plaid kilts or pants as they walked to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Association Texas Chapter. This was the third year that the Kirk Clan has participated in the Dallas walk, and this year they were joined by Epic team members Chuka Ogumerem, Hyginus Okolie and Shirlyn Musa.

Every 90 minutes in America, one person is diagnosed with ALS, a progressive disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe.

For Mr. Kirk, ALS has left him unable to walk or talk. But with the use of a power wheelchair and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device, he is able to get around and communicate with his wife, family, friends and nurses.

Mr. Kirk and the rest of the Kirk Clan are committed to raising funds for ongoing ALS research. So far, the team has raised over $9,000!

While the walk is over, the fight to defeat ALS continues. If you would like to help the Kirk Clan raise even more money for ALS research, you may visit Mr. Kirk’s fundraising page to donate.