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2023 Silicon Valley Walk to Defeat ALS


Dear AMAZING friends and family:

About Team Maverick

Team Maverick is a collective group of Doug McNeil and his family & friends. Doug was diagnosed with ALS in the summer of 2017, after over a year of previously unexplained motor symptoms. On July 31, 2022, after 5 valiant years, Doug broke free from the devastating grip of the disease. His legacy is his love and light, and it lives on in all of us.

Facing a terminal illness is life-shattering, especially when little is known about your disease. The McNeil family has always valued community, and this community keeps them going on the good and bad days. Why Maverick? Well, the answer is two part. 1) Doug's middle name is Bret, after "Bret Maverick", and 2) because synonyms for the word include "rebel", "nonconformist", and "free spirit". Doug was never been one to let life get him down, and his battle with ALS did not changed that. He held onto his can-do, make it work attitude. We gather together to rebel against ALS and fight hard for research and a cure!


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. 

That’s why we’re participating in the Walk to Defeat ALS®. To bring hope. To raise awareness. To provide resources and services to families free of charge. To help unlock the mystery of ALS and find the key to effective treatments and cures. Please join us.


Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of a person with ALS averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis. 

ALS can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease, yet it still costs loved ones an average of $250,000 a year to provide the care people living with ALS and their families need.

Please click on JOIN THE TEAM above to join us on event day or as a virtual participant. Or please donate by selecting a team member listed on our Team Roster to the right.

Join the movement to provide help and hope today!

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