For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Saturday night we had the privilege of attending the annual ALS fundraising gala. When we received the invitation, we were hesitant to commit to attending. We were concerned about people we may see in various stages of ALS and how that may impact Akhil's attitude. Fortunately, we found that those fears were unwarranted as we were simply filled with hope at the event.
The convention center ballroom was buzzing with about 600 supporters who must have all come prepared to generously give to this cause. The goal was to raise $300,000 at this event and I believe that goal was reached. We were encouraged by the generosity of people who bid $500 for a cake and $1200 for two dozen cookies to get the party started. Their willingness to dig deep in their pockets to support ALS services and research made us feel that we are not alone - we have a small army fighting this battle with us.
The ALS Association was able to fund one dedicated research scientist for a year for $150,0000. Imagine what they could do if the army were larger. I hope if you aren't already passionate about a cause that you will take up this one. With more funding, we could find treatments and maybe even a cure for this devastating disease. When you have the opportunity to give, dig deep and know that you are making a big difference in those of us living with and caring for individuals with ALS. I hope to someday be thanking you not only for your support but for contributing to the cure!