Anyone associated with ALS—also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease—knows how devastating it is. Those suffering from the disease experience extreme debilitation and muscle weakness that eventually leads to difficulty moving, speaking, swallowing, and breathing. The disease is terminal and there are very few treatments for patients, which is why people all over the country are dedicated to raising money for continued ALS research that will hopefully lead to a cure. Vivint employees in Minnesota recently joined the fight against ALS.
Field service technicians and employees of Vivint’s monitoring station participated in the Walk to Defeat ALS on September 21 and raised money for the cause. Some Vivint volunteers know people affected by the disease personally while others were unfamiliar with the disease before this event. But regardless of what they knew about the disease beforehand, all the volunteers were touched as they met families struggling with the devastating effects of ALS.
“My wife has a personal connection to ALS and knows some people fighting the disease,” said lead technician and participant Jimmy Bahnson. “We were honored to be able to connect with the families and support them during and after the walk.”