ALS Heroes is about honoring the heroes amongst us who have stared devastation in the face only to say “you do not define me!” They have chosen to claim their own destiny and have dedicated their lives to overcoming our common adversary, ALS.
Hello there! Welcome to ALS Heroes. My name is Zoe Lalji. My dad, Dr. Ayeez Lalji, was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) in November of 2017. He currently owns 9 dental practices in the Greater Houston Area and is a self-made entrepreneur. The purpose of this website is to be a source of knowledge and guidance to those affected by ALS and those wanting to know more about the disease. ALS is extremely underfunded and essentially unknown in our community and that needs to change. The fight for a cure is just beginning to gain momentum and I truly believe that the key to finally finding a cure and helping thousands around the world is raising awareness. I know that if we can all come together as a community, we can hope to beat this devastating disease. I have created the ALS Heroes in an effort to raise funds in order to generate hope for a cure and treatment options in partnership with many research facilities around the world. My dad is my hero. Join us to help save the day for thousands of other ALS Patients around the world.
A video about my family's battle against ALS and our journey to finding balance and love in the midst of tragedy.
Aired October 3, 2018 on KHOU 11.
The Houston Walk to Defeat ALS on October 13, 2018 raised $250,000 for the ALS Association.
ALS (Lou Gerhig's Disease) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks both the upper and lower motor neurons of the body, slowly robbing the body’s ability to walk, talk, move and breathe on its own. The life expectancy is 2-5 years, depending on the disease’s progression, and it affects about 2 out of every 100,000 people. Scientists have been researching fervently for a cure the last 80 years, since Lou Gehrig first raised global awareness for it. However, as of right now, there is essentially no treatment and no cure. Because of this, ALS patients have to somehow generate their own hope as they slowly become prisoners in their own bodies. Many have heard of this disease from the 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge, which raised $115 million to fund efforts to treat and cure ALS as well as to support families affected by this brutal disease. It is also the disease Stephen Hawking suffered from. All in all, ALS is a devastating disease, which needs more attention.
We are all soldiers in the battle to defeat ALS, committed to drawing resources to those affected by this disease. Our medical and research teams are dedicated to finding treatment options to help manage, treat and eventually cure ALS and we invite you to help raise awareness and be a voice for those individuals and their families who suffer with ALS.
With your help, we can work to find a cure and treatment for ALS and help thousands of families who are battling this challenging disease.
Our fundraising efforts go directly to research towards finding a cure for ALS.
Our mission is to bring awareness and innovation to finding a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Our vision is to create a world where ALS is a treatable and manageable disease rather than an underfunded and terminal one.
Dr. Ayeez Lalji, inspiration of the foundation, was diagnosed with ALS in November of 2017 and since then, he has been a beacon of relentless strength, resilience, faith and positivity in the face of this unbearable hardship. He remains grateful for the functions he still has and continues to live life courageously every day. He is a true inspiration to everyone he touches. Every day we are in awe by his grace and raw tenacity and resolve, his ability to keep pushing forward, and his refusal to let this disease define who he is.
Our team of advocates is the voice for ALS patients worldwide.
Our medical and research teams work day and night to find treatment options for ALS and hope to ultimately end this devastating disease once and for all.
We are committed to raising awareness and collecting resources for those affected by ALS.
Living with ALS is very expensive and a simple donation will go towards providing those who are suffering from ALS with medical equipment, assistive technology, and any other medical needs. It would also go towards research to find a cure.
With your help we can change this.
ALS Heroes is an official 501(c)(3)
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