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In February 2018, Marlena was in a car accident after which her body began to deteriorate. Within just 3 years, at 39 years old, Marlena has lost all voluntary leg movement and most of her core strength and arm mobility. It began with drop foot on her left, in 2018, which gradually took over her entire leg as well as her right. By August 2020 she was predominantly in a wheelchair and by the winter she required her chair to get around 100%. On August 9, 2021, after many doctors ruled out every other possibility, Marlena was diagnosed with ALS.

Over the last three years Marlena, her husband Tim, and the rest of our family have adjusted to each new challenge presented by her condition while holding on to the hope that someday doctors would be able to reverse the damage done to her body. Unfortunately, there is no cure or treatment for ALS. This means that more permanent solutions to these growing challenges need to be implemented, and funded, to help Marlena live a more comfortable and complete life while also ensuring her safety and reducing some of the accompanying stress on her and Tim. Chief among these solutions are a wheelchair accessible vehicle and an addition onto the ground floor of their home that would allow for an accessible bathroom and bedroom.

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November 20, 2021

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Sarah Shomo

November 18, 2021

All my best to you on your road ahead. I hope you get your van soon!

Kristin Gumaer

November 7, 2021

The Kochar’s love you and admire your strength ❤️

Carol Kochar

November 5, 2021

Love and prayers to you ❤️

Tina Buono