It seems that everyone is aware of ALS, sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, because of the recent explosion of social media coverage of the Ice Bucket challenges. That fundraising phenomenon has done much to bring attention to the cruel disease of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Hospice Savannah currently cares for an ALS patient whose young stepdaughter Blake (pictured) wants to do even more to raise local awareness. She has planned a fundraiser in support of the Don Rader Foundation. Monies raised will help with Don’s caregiver expenses and those of the four other ALS patients she knows of in our community. And 10% of proceeds will benefit Hospice Savannah in gratitude for the help we currently provide.

Come out and join Blake next Thursday, October 9th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in downtown’s Johnson Square. There will be live music by Keith & Ross, food, a $1,000 raffle and the opportunity to bid on lots of wonderful silent auction items including  a moped, a wedding planner’s services, horseback riding lessons, limo ride, and many more. For more information, visit