Monday, August 20, 2018

Why Roger Walks



I met Roger Brannon, retired Marine, in March 2018. On May 23, 2016, nine days after his 45 birthday, Roger was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).  Not the news he expected to be dealing with when planning life at 45 and beyond.  But it didn’t take this strong, brave Marine long to decide what he was going to do with his diagnosis. When the neurologist told Roger that he might have ALS, He researched ALS and was surprised by what he read. The first fact he found was that military veterans are twice as likely to get ALS. This hit home with him.

Roger shared with me that when he was in the Marine Corps he made it a point to stay out of the spotlight. He didn’t like to be in the spotlight. He would rather be working in the trenches alongside his fellow Marines. He always put the mission first and personal wellbeing second. But ALS has changed this. He wants to put himself and ALS in the spotlight. “Today, I want to get my story out there—I want ALS to be in the spotlight—I want it to get the recognition it deserves. I will not go into all of the numbers because I could talk all day, but this one is important to me. Twenty-five percent of the National ALS registry represents Veterans. I want people to know that—I want that number to be in the spotlight."

May was ALS Awareness month. One of Roger’s goals, as he is fighting ALS, is to raise awareness and drive more research to find a cure for this disease. I am trying to help Roger with this goal.   The Walk to Defeat ALS DC/Maryland/Virginia Chapter takes place on October 13, 2018, in Washington, DC.  Roger’s team Bursting Bomb would love to have as many walkers this year as possible.   Please consider signing up for the walk. It will be a fun day with a very worthwhile purpose.   Here is the link to check out- The time is now to defeat ALS!

Roger, his family and I, thank you very much for considering joining the team in support of Roger’s goal and all those affected by ALS.
Check out this link and meet Roger-
https://www.facebook.com/ALSofDCMDVA/videos/vb.53861851169/10154736060291170/?type=2&theater

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