The walk to raise money for the ALS Association that took place today in Monterey was a great success. $36,000 in donations had been counted before checks were turned in today. Thank you so much for your donations, good wishes, and/or positive thoughts. With your support I raised $345, surpassing my goal of $240.
It was great to walk with Fitzy’s Friends and Family, which included re-connecting with cousins, some I hadn’t seen in years. And the highlight was seeing Michael, who is a light and inspiration to those who know him. As I was getting ready to leave today I overheard him talking to another man in a wheelchair. He talks through a computer by pointing at the letters with his eyes. What he said brought tears to the eyes of everyone around, and it was roughly this: “I don’t ask why I have been given this terrible disease. Instead, I say, ‘now that I have this disease, what shall I do with my life?’ I don’t feel abandoned . God is with me as with all those who’ve suffered through the ages.”
Michael is a Christian, but his words resonate for me, though I am not. I believe they can inspire those of any faith or belief system.