Juanita Richter was a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, counselor, problem solver, spiritual observer and teacher. And earlier this year, she also became an ALS victim. But before succumbing to this horrendous disease, she didn’t let ALS define who she was.
“Living with ALS is an experience, it is not who I am,” said Juanita. “It allows me to continue to grow spiritually and mentally. Every day is a new challenge and a new opportunity to learn, to grow and to challenge my own mental capacity.”
Having fulfilled a lifelong dream and graduating from acupuncture school on her 60th birthday, Juanita served as a role model for friends and family. “She taught her loved ones to go after what they want, and to not be afraid of trying something new and interesting,” said her daughter-in-law Gina.
Juanita practiced acupuncture for seven years before ALS forced her retirement. But she refused to give in to the limitations of the rapidly progressing disease, creating her own solutions and readjusting to her physical challenges.
And though ALS ultimately claimed another victim, Juanita continued to inspire those around her until the very end.
Sadly, the outcome of every ALS story is the same. There still remains no cure and no effective treatment. Which is where you can help.
By donating to the ALSA Wisconsin Chapter on Giving Tuesday (December 1st), you can help provide services and equipment for other Wisconsin ALS patients like Juanita. And because a portion of the contributions are earmarked for research, you can also provide hope that we’ll soon put an end to this heartless disease once and for all.