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John’s Story: Give Joy

by | Dec 11, 2020

Gratitude is what guides John and Jill Lay’s life. Everything from the life they’ve built together and their children and grandchildren, to the simpler things like University of Texas football games and sunsets on the farm bring them joy.

When John received the devastating diagnosis of ALS in 2019, he didn’t let that steal his joy. Instead, he and Jill started searching for resources. That’s when they discovered the ALS Association of Texas and the ALS community that would help them through this journey. It has been an uplifting experience for them to join a community of other families living with ALS, while collecting knowledge and receiving support.

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John and Jill continue to live their lives to the fullest, despite the challenges of ALS. In fact, John declared the year of his diagnosis the best year of his life. “It might sound strange, but I am grateful,” he shared, “I’ve had the opportunity to see my children grow up, my family is healthy and happy, and I have the support of an incredible community.”

As the disease progresses and John continues to experience symptoms, he and Jill find comfort knowing they are not alone on this journey and that they can reach out to the team at ALS Association of Texas anytime for guidance and resources.  ALS Texas provides crucial programs to them and others on the ALS journey.

“That is the reason I am so excited to support ALS Texas – for what they do to help people on this journey with this disease,” John shared.

Although a cure may not be available for John in his lifetime, he and Jill are hopeful that in the future, there will be a cure for others diagnosed with ALS. In the meantime, John and Jill continue to live every day with gratitude and joy.

Because of you they have hope for a world without ALS.

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