Including the Launch of the Fall Walk in Central New Jersey
Matthew Ackerman – Co-captain and Founder of Team Tiger Lily’s
Joining hundreds of walkers is brand new team the Tiger Lily’s, who signed up after finding out there was a Fall walk close to home!
“This walk ended up working out great for us! This walk is close to home and the perfect time, and we were able to get other people to join our team,” Tiger Lily’s Team Captain, Dan Ackerman said.
Tiger Lily’s was started by 13-year-old Matthew Ackerman. Matthew wanted to form a team in honor of his Grandmother Lily, who passed away from ALS last year.
“My son Matthew had his Bar Mitzvah this year, and for his Mitzvah Project he wanted to do this Walk to raise money for ALS, because his grandmother passed away last summer from ALS,” Dan said.
Team Tiger Lily’s will have 10 walkers. Dan and his family are hoping to inspire others to get involved. He hopes with enough walks, dollars, and research, in the future other families won’t have to watch loved ones suffer with this fatal disease.
“Given what we know about this disease, raising money for additional research and a cure is very important. Seeing firsthand how debilitating it is, is just heartbreaking for both the family and the patient,” Dan said.
There is still time to get involved in both the Central New Jersey and Hudson Valley Walks to Defeat ALS. The Hudson Valley walk is Sunday October 16th at The Walkway over the Hudson, in Highland, New York. For more information, Click Here.