Walking for ALS in Memory of Dr. Pamela Barshack

Dr. Pam Barshack

Dr. Pam Barshack

On Saturday, September 27, 2013 I am joining hundreds of walkers for The ALS Association’s Walk to Defeat ALS®. This is a group of dedicated families and friends and individuals who have ALS, who know someone with ALS or who have known someone who died from this dreadful disease.    On Saturday I will be walking in memory of a dear friend and fellow veterinarian Dr. Pamela Barshack.

Pam lost her battle with ALS in November 2006.  She was 44 years old.  Pam left a husband Daryl, a 10 year old son Joe, wonderful parents Barbara and Irv, brothers and sisters and neices and nephews who miss her terribly to this day.  I knew Pam for several years.  She worked for me at Rivertown Animal Hospital.  She was a gifted, dedicated and talented veterinarian..  The staff and the clients loved her gentle manner. She had wonderful sense of humor and compassion for animals and people.

A student scholarship fund has also been set up in Pam’s honor.  For more on this fund please visit here.

Pam is not the only person I will be honoring on Saturday.  I have several other veterinarian colleagues and clients who have died from ALS.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a deadly illness with no known cause or cure. It affects the motor neurons in a person’s brain and spinal cord. When the motor neurons die, the muscles waste away.  Gradually, a person is robbed of the ability to walk, speak, eat and eventually breathe.  Upon diagnosis, doctors give ALS patients only 2 to 5 years to live.

I am walking for ALS for those who can’t. My personal fundraising goal is $1000.00.

You can truly make a difference in the fight against ALS by making a onetime tax-deductible donation.  Just click the link to visit my online fundraising website and make give your gift.


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