2016 Newsletter

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Live Every Day Dinner 2016


Watch David Martin’s Speech







Thanks to David Martin for his heartfelt words.  And thanks to our sponsors, Mike Collins, John Feinstein, all of our supporters and especially the Dietz family! Help us reach our fundraising goal by making a contribution!  DONATE HERE and tell us if you are making a gift in honor of someone in the comment box.

Thank you!

Thanks to all who attended the 2nd Annual Live Every Day Dinner on August 16, 2016 at Carmel Country Club. Our key note speaker was John Feinstein, author of Caddy for Life – The Bruce Edwards story. This inspiring book chronicles the friendship and partnership of Tom Watson and his beloved caddy, Bruce Edwards, who passed away with ALS in 2004.

2016 Sponsors

$10,000 Challenge Grant Sponsor

$7,500 Dinner Underwriter Sponsor

Gifts Of Joy – Gifts of $5,000 or more

Meda Whitescarver

Velva and Tom Woollen

 Gifts of Love – Gifts of $2,500 or more

Anonymous Friends of The Joe Martin ALS Foundation

Cindy Jackson in honor of Larry Jackson

The Deaton Foundation

Crandall Bowles

Cindy Jackson in honor of Larry Jackson

Ginger Kemp

Gifts of Hope – Gifts of $1,000 or more

Susie and Jerry East in honor of Joe Martin

Suzanne and Shade Mecum in honor of Martha Matthews

Joan Zimmerman in honor of Joe Martin

Susan and Tony Abbott

Susan and Benjamin Brooks

Kelly and Paul Camuti

Katie and Grant Coleman

Sara and Geoff Eloge

Cathy and John Harris

Lyttleton and Tom Hollowell

Laurie and David Martin

Gloria and Paul Lacey

Ginny and Pat Mackin

Jane and Hugh McColl

Sherri Petrilli in honor of Bob Petrilli

Fran and Lauren Steele

Rita and Bill Vandiver

Susan and Hayes Woolen

Gifts of Faith – Gifts of $500 or more

Becky and Lance Kinerk

Lydia Arnold and Rob Carr

Katherine Blanchard

Sandra Bobbitt

Keith and Christina Brunnemer

Smith and John Christenbury

Kelly and John Cleghorn

Carrie and Doug Cochran

Erin and Eric Goldstein

Susan and Jay Gurbani

Terri and Steve Huntley

David Leitch

Pat and Jim Martin

Lori and Andy Martin

Choux and Robert Stultz

Martha Ann and Craig Wardlaw

Sandi Wheeler

Anja and David Zimmerman

Christmas Tree Program

Free Tree Program

Be sure to buy your Christmas tree from Snowflake Village this year.  Tell them you support the foundation and proceeds will support home care for people with ALS (PALS). Last year we delivered free Christmas trees to our PALS, courtesy of Snowflake Village. 


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Beat The Heat This Summer

It’s summer and it is HOT outside! If you and your family have plans that include outdoor fun, you’ll want to plan ahead so that you can stay cool and safe. Here are some tips and tricks we’ve found work with the families we serve.

1. Avoid the hottest part of the day – If possible, plan your time outside earlier than 10:30 AM and after 4:00.

2. Stay in the shade – Plan your trip in an area that will provide shade. If not, create your own by attaching a portable umbrella to your chair like this one from Pro Performance Sports. You can find it online at Cabelas here.


3. Stay hydrated & avoid going outside when air quality is poor – In these tips from MDA, they suggest taking small sips of water rather than larger gulps. Also, be sure to check the air quality to make sure that it is not too low to make breathing difficult.

4. Use sunblock and wear a hat to avoid sunburn – Be sure to put sunblock on when going outside but avoid spray sunblock. Sprays should be avoided by those who have a compromised respiratory system. A hat will keep you cool and burn free.

5. Use cooling pads, fans and towels – there are lots of products you can purchase to put around your neck, in your chair or over your legs to stay cool. Here are some favorites of our staff and families!

summer cool tie

These Kool Ties can be used over and over and tie around your neck. They come in lots of patterns and colors! Visit their site here to check out their products.

summer chill out towel

These Chill It towels can also be used over and over, come at a great low price and are easy to use. You can find them here at the Warming Store online.

summer cool seat cushion

A cooling seat cushion like this one found here on Amazon, is easy to use and will stay cool for four hours.

summer wheelchair fan

Attach a fan like this one from Flaghouse.com to your wheelchair to keep you cool.

6. Light weight clothing – Clothing made from cotton and linen are great choices.

Just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it! Enjoy the summer and stay cool!