ALD Foundation Promotes ‘Give Ten’ to Make a Difference
SLIDELL, La., June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Give Ten is a program sponsored by The ALD Foundation that promotes the idea that everyone take ten minutes to consider how their actions/efforts can help to make our world a better place.
ALD Foundation Chairman David Cry, who lost his adopted son to ALD on April 3, 2013, is a strong proponent of the program. ALD is a genetically determined neurological disorder that affects one in 17,900 boys, and most often ends in fatality.
Cry feels that giving ten, especially in today’s fast-paced world, will benefit not only those who participate, but those who are touched as a result. “Giving ten” means ten minutes of considering the struggles the Cry family endured for 31 months when David and his wife Jaymee’s son Logan was diagnosed with ALD. Ten minutes of thinking about Logan and his experience with dementia, psychosis, the loss of vision, hearing and speech, and ultimately death. After thinking about these and other things, think about how you can have a positive impact on the world. Perhaps it’s giving ten to your children tonight, letting them know how much you love them. Or giving ten to a friend, neighbor or family member in need.
In the spirit of giving ten, please consider donating $10 to The ALD Foundation so that families like the Crys will have the chance to give their sons more than ten.
Facts about ALD, or adrenoleukodystrophy:
1. Affects one in 17,900 boys globally.
2. Occurs most often between the ages of four and ten, although there are adolescent and adult forms as well.
3. Exhibits symptoms similar to ADHD and can lead to more severe conditions like dementia, psychosis, the loss of hearing, vision and speech, and ultimately death.
4. The average life expectancy of a boy diagnosed with pediatric ALD is one year without treatment.
What you can do:
1. Take time to create a lasting impact.
2. Consider the needs of others and how, if met, it will affect the world.
3. Donate to The ALD Foundation so that it may continue its research and awareness-raising efforts for the benefit of boys with ALD.
About The ALD Foundation
Founded in 2000, The ALD Foundation serves families facing ALD in nearly 100 countries. The Foundation educates families about every aspect of the illness, making them aware of the changes their sons will endure, and offers continuous support as the illness progresses, discussing possible treatment options. The Foundation also funds viable research and works daily to make more people aware of the devastating effects of ALD. David Cry has been called a motivational visionary. It is his hope to ensure that families affected by this illness will not have to traverse a road as burdensome as the one he and his family have traveled. Visit http://www.aldfoundation.org/giveten.html to learn more.
SOURCE The ALD Foundation