If we were in O’Rourke’s or the Zoo or Duffy’s or whatever, and you were cash-strapped but in need of another beverage, of course I’d buy you one. Maybe two. You would do the same for me.

Consider this buying me a beer: The ALS Association is holding their annual Walk to Defeat ALS, Saturday, September 18 at 10 a.m. at Antelope Park in Lincoln. It is the largest yearly fundraising event for the ALSA. For the price of a beer, give few bucks to help support research and services provided by the ALSA — you don’t even have to attend the walk.

Anyone who donates and tells me so when they see me downtown, I’ll buy you a beer. (Limited to the first 100 solicitations.)

This is why ALS patients need your help: Referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.

Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person dies. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.

This crippling disease can strike anyone. There is no known cause of ALS though support is bringing researchers closer to an answer. It costs an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need. Help make a difference and donate or join a walk today.

Thanks for helping!

— William