TEAM Ramon’s Kickers
High school student Ramon Lopez Florez was eager to sign up for the Long Island Walk to Defeat ALS. In fact, at the early hour of 5:45am on the day registration launched, Ramon became the first person this year to sign up a LI Walk Team!
Ramon and his family walk in memory of his father Ramon Lopez Carrllio. Ramon’s father was diagnosed with ALS in 2010, at the age of 40. Three years later, he lost his fight to the disease.
“He was told that he couldn’t work anymore, but my dad continued to work and decided not to give up. He said he wasn’t going to just sit around. Even with the disease, he managed to go to work for a full year after his diagnosis,” Ramon said.
Ramon was forced to grow up quickly becoming one of his father’s primary caretakers. “When we found out it was ALS, we had never heard of this, it was hard to understand. What was going to happen in the future? We had to find a way to help him. It was hard,” Ramon said.
Ramon decided last year he wanted to honor his father’s memory by joining the Walk to Defeat ALS. He formed Team Ramon’s Kickers.
“It’s good to get involved. It allows you to see you are not the only one going through tough times and there are other people looking for a cure and fighting. You are not alone in this,” Ramon said. “If we rally up into one team to find a cure, we will be one step closer to reaching our destination.”
Ramon says he will continue the fight, so no other family has to go through losing someone to ALS.
“I have so much support from my high school and my church. So many people have stepped up to either walk or donate,” Ramon said. “And I really think my dad would be very proud of me.”