In 2008, Craig was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. This degenerative disease robbed Craig of muscle function, leaving him unable to move or talk. Eventually, he was unable to swallow at all. But he never lost his ability to love. He did that better than anyone I've ever known. He peacefully died on December 6, 2010, fully prepared to spend eternity with God.
Super Carpe Diem Woman
In 2014, ALS got a lot of publicity, thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge. That year, I vowed to be the top fund-raiser for the Rocky Mountain Walk to Defeat ALS and had fun playing the role of "Super Carpe Diem Woman," taking the challenge 12 times, and raising over $12K. It was through Craig's example, that I've been inspired to take advantage of every moment. For me, that includes having fun and dressing in costume as often as possible!
How to donate in 2016
Walk to Defeat ALS in Minnesota:
In 2016, I'm honored to be walking on Scott Marble's Walk to Defeat ALS team, Marble's Marvels, in St. Paul, MN on Sept.17. If you're one of my Minnesota friends, please come join us. If you're unable to join, please donate to the cause if you can. Any amount will make a difference!
Walk to Defeat ALS in Colorado:
Super Carpe Diem Woman will be leading Team Carpe Diem in Denver on October 1. If you live in the Denver area, then come join me on the walk or donate to the cause. Again, no amount is too small.
Art for the Cure
I'm also supporting ALS Never Surrender in their Art for the Cure event on November 18th.
If you have any trouble with the links, or prefer not to donate online, please let me know!
History and More about Craig
I wrote several blog posts about Craig. His faith and devotion in spite of such hardship inspired me tremendously. I hope some of these posts will help keep his spirit alive, reminding people to never take life or love for granted and to strive to live with the kind of faith that he demonstrated.
Final Lyrics of Hallelujah.. This time for Craig
Everything's OK - Day 24 #reverb10
Love Like You Were Dying
Remember the love
Elizabeth Edwards and Craig Dunham - Smiling in the face of tragedy
Even in death, Craig has dignity and grace
Saying goodbye to Craig
ALS-Afflicted Friend Gets Thanksgiving Surprise
Spreading Kindness and Love with a Recorded Call
Give the gift of love to someone for the holidays....
A different kind of love...
Requesting prayers rather than money this year
Accolades for Craig
No church for the disabled...
Book Club: ALS Victim inspires spirituality
My Love Party
ALS-Afflicted Friend, Craig, Inspires Love of God