On Saturday, the Tami and Steve Team, other Coldwell Banker Burnet Realtors, family and friends of Craig Lamphere walked for the 8th time as Craiger’s Crew for the annual ALS Walk fundraiser. This year’s walk was held at Lake George with 950 participants. The fundraiser for research on a cure for the disease exceeded our goal at $51,000–with more donations still coming in–as well as other walks raising funds across the country.
As defined by the (ALS), (often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,”) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. At this time, the degeneration of the motor neurons eventually leads to death and there is no known cure. On an average week in Minnesota, two people are diagnosed with ALS and two succumb to the disease.
In 2005, our dear friend and colleague, Craig Lamphere, was diagnosed with ALS. Craig was the star of our walk for three years, until his death in 2008. He led us with humor and courage every step of the way. We are proud to say that his wife Dona has led us on the ALS Walk every year since. This year we added a new member to the team: Craig’s baby grand-daughter Olivia joined us.
We also walk in memory of Chuck Novak, a good friend and appraiser for Forsythe Appraisals, and Toby Horst, our retired minister at First United Methodist Church.
We invite you to join us next year. We’ve vowed to Craig to walk until there is a cure.