The third annual Kimmswick 5K is raising money for The Nancy Ratliff Medical Fund and The ALS Association. The Medical Fund was formed in 2012 when the Ratliff family incurred the misfortune of losing its insurance coverage for Nancy’s nursing care. Your donations are tremendously appreciated and help offset the catastrophic medical costs associated with ALS.
Please click here or on the Donate Now button to the right to make donations at the Kimmswick 5K page at Crowdrise, an online fundraising site for charity. You may make tax-deductible donations to a runner or a team by clicking on “Donate to a fundraiser.” You can also fundraise individually or start a team by clicking on "Set Up Your Fundraiser." For general donations, simply select “General Donations.”
Diagnosed in 2009, Nancy continues to battle ALS with the love and support of family and friends. Her total paralysis -- with the sole exception of minimal eye movement -- and ventilator dependency require 24-hour nursing care at home, far exceeding her health insurance coverage and the family's resources.
Nancy’s family has been assisted part-time with a dedicated set of skilled nurses for the past few years, but insurance has run out and donations have been depleted. Her husband of 41 years, Gregg, now shoulders much of the responsibility of Nancy’s care, watching her day and night, monitoring her ventilator, administering medication and taking care of every bodily and emotional need -- leaving virtually no time for anything else. Her children, Jason and Heather, relocate to St. Louis from New York and Cleveland, Tenn., to help when they can. The Medical Fund pays for critical nursing care and provides relief for Nancy’s caregivers.
Presently there is no known cause of the disease, and it is estimated that in the advanced stages, care can cost an average of $200,000 a year.
You may also make direct tax-deductible donations by clicking on the links below:
The Nancy Ratliff Medical Fund (select the Nancy Ratliff Medical Fund option from the dropdown menu)
The ALS Association