ALS touched my life personally and the lives of people close to me when a dear colleague of my mom's, Paul Wack, died a few years ago from his battle with ALS. I met Paul a couple of times and was always struck by how kind and compassionate he was.
A friend describes him as "extraordinary" - She wrote that, "not only was he a colleague, but a friend and a mentor and someone to emulate. He was a deep thinker who contemplated the meaning of life and all of our places in it. He was compassionate and firm in his beliefs and questioned what he saw as unfair. He always stood up for the underdog. And all that he did was with a twinkle in his eye and a ready laugh. His humor was notorious."
I met his wife and daughter the other day. His wife is kind and warm and I also saw his same compassion and twinkle in their daughter. I would be honored to raise money for ALS on behalf of such an amazing man.