In July 2019, my only sister and best friend, Holly Gross (53) was given news that nobody wants to hear. She has ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and there is no current cure.
Anyone who knows Holly knows she is an amazing mother, wife and friend. She loves life and most of all her 2 sons - Jake (20) and Nicholas (16).
To make things more difficult for the family, her husband Jim has been battling Parkinsons for more than 14 years.
(ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually lead to their death. There is no cure and the life expectancy is 2-5 years.
We are asking for donations to help the family supplement their lost income (as Holly will be unable to work) as well as to help pay surmounting medical expenses, home health care, medical equipment like wheelchair, ramps, and things the boys will need.
****PLEASE DONATE THROUGH THE GO FUND ME PAGE AND NOT CARING BRIDGE**** You can get there in the "ways to help" area.
In addition to making a generous donation, there are other ways you can help:
1) The Caring Bridge also is a place where you can view a volunteer calendar to help out. These tasks could be doctor visits, picking up groceries, cooking dinner or even mowing the lawn. If you wanted to sponsor a task (such as weekly housecleaning), you can do that! Every bit of help is appreciated and needed.
2) We are putting together a silent auction to help raise funds. Many of Holly's friends and local businesses will be donating prizes, trips, gift cards and more. All proceeds will go to the Gross family. If you have an item or service you'd like to donate, please contact Angela Woods (sister) firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com). We are planning an event for early 2020.
On behalf of our family, we are touched by the outpouring of love and support. Your generosity is appreciated more than you know.