Linda, a former schoolteacher and administrative assistant at her son’s dental practice, and her husband of nearly 50 years, Glenn, raised three children and now have six grandsons. When we caught up with her, she was en route to Atlanta to see one of her daughters and her family. Linda is coming back in plenty of time to fulfill her MOVE for ALS goal. But she reiterates that you can take the Challenge from any location.
Linda continues, “Terry was diagnosed in August 2020. She had known something was wrong for more than a year. She consistently expresses that her experience at The ALS Association Certified Center of Excellence at Penn State Hershey Medical Center has been amazing and how much the Hershey team approach works so well. Whenever Terry has a question, she gets a reply right away. And the Center’s research projects fill us with hope.”
The Roenigks and the committee’s common denominator is membership in the Trinity Methodist Church in New Freedom, PA, a closely-knit small community in York County. The church is collecting event sponsorship money, and there are already 13 sponsors signed up. Terry’s Crew is the principal sponsor and will underwrite the cost of Challenge T-shirts for at least 100 participants.
“Terry still comes to church. She tries to do everything. She is a huge part of MOVE for ALS. The 30-Day Challenge is primarily for Terry but do it for yourself as well. Your involvement and fundraising for the ALS mission can change a person’s whole life. If you can do something positive for someone else, why wouldn’t you?” Linda selflessly remarks. “My ideal volunteer role is anything that helps people and makes them happy and feel good. Realize how remarkable life is, and don’t take a day for granted. Terry reminds us of that every day.” Thank YOU, Linda, for reinforcing how many volunteers like you make a difference in the lives of so many in the ALS community.
If you would like to learn about how you or a group can also create a Community Partner Event as Linda has done, please contact Lexi Brace at email@example.com. The money raised by these events each year is vital to continuing the Chapter’s care services program and funding ALS research.