Trickett Wendler was a 39-year-old mother happily balancing a family, a career and a 10-year marriage. Then, one day while on a business trip, she suddenly began limping. Fast forward two short months, and this 39 year-old mother of three was diagnosed with ALS and soon battling for her life. It was a fight she lost within one short year.
While every ALS story has the same grim ending, Trickett’s story feels especially tragic. She left behind three school-aged children and a devastated husband — who had also seen Trickett lose her father to ALS.
But Trickett faced her own ALS journey with an open heart and an optimistic attitude, sharing her story through her Team Wendler Facebook posts and other media opportunities. She selflessly used her own disease to educate others and raise both awareness and funding for ALS.
It’s because of Trickett’s and thousands of other heartbreaking stories that we ask you to consider donating to the ALSA Wisconsin Chapter on Giving Tuesday (December 1st), so that one day no one will ever have to leave a family behind due to ALS.