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Team fundraising goal: $12,000.00

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2023 Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS and Walk

Team Lionheart

    • Team Lionheart rides for Howard Mattfield, diagnosed with ALS in November 2022, and for all those affected by ALS in the US. 
    • Team Lionheart is named in honor of Howard Mattfield. As a young man playing soccer, he grew his hair long and it became sun-bleached, earning him the nickname “Lionhead.” His hair is short and gray now, but within him still beats the heart of a lion. 

    • Thanks to Tim Gatto of Gatto Rivera Branding for the Team Lionheart logo! gattorivera.com 

    • The ALS Association provides direct assistance for people with ALS, coordinates multidisciplinary care through certified treatment centers of excellence, and fights for important public policy initiatives. Together, we can build hope and community and enhance quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and cures.
    • Why We Need Your Help

      Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
      1. The average life expectancy of an ALS patient is two to five years from the time of diagnosis. As there is yet no definitive test to determine ALS, it can take from 6-18 months to rule out other possible diagnoses. For Howard it took nearly a year to diagnose.
      2. ALS can strike anyone. While there may be a genetic factor in a small number (less than 10%) of ALS patients, presently there is no known cause of the disease. Someone you know or love may die from ALS unless a cure is found.
      3. Caring for a loved one with ALS costs on average of $200,000 each year.
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