I'm writing to ask for your help saving the life of my friend Brian Wallach, who just turned 40.
Brian has been one of my role models since my freshman year at Yale. That spring, Brian and a handful of upperclassmen launched The Politic, Yale's first student-run political magazine. I eagerly joined Brian's team -- and figured out shortly thereafter that I wanted to spend my life writing about public policy. I might not have found my calling in Washington if it weren't for Brian.
As many of you know, Brian has been battling ALS for the past three and a half years. He was diagnosed with ALS the same week that he and his wife Sandra welcomed their second daughter into the world.
There is currently no cure for ALS. But Brian has his eye on being one of the first to survive this devastating condition. That's why he and Sandra founded I AM ALS, a patient advocacy organization that has secured $55 million in new federal funding for ALS research. Brian's incredible work has been spotlighted in WIRED, on The Today Show, and in numerous other outlets. In April 2019, Brian testified before Congress to seek funding for a cure.
Tragically, Brian's time is running out. Brian and Sandra now believe that his last, best hope is a targeted treatment developed by some of the top scientists in the ALS field. Details of that treatment are below, in a message from Brian and Sandra.
The cost for testing and approving this treatment -- a treatment that has the potential to help not just Brian but many, many others who suffer from ALS -- is $1.7 million. And that's where you come in.
We need your help. Every little bit counts.
Brian's fight inspires me every single day. Even if you can't help, I urge you to start each morning by reading his Twitter feed. Brian's spirit and resolve will inspire you. Thank you in advance for your support.