At The Request Of A Friend Who Wants To Live

I recently got the e-mail posted below from a friend of mine. Whenever I get these e-mails I am always suspicious because they are usually a hoax or many years out of date. So normally, I do a search online and then e-mail the person back that this is a hoax. However, the person who forwarded us the e-mail below is a personal friend of mine and my wife’s. My wife has known him since she was 9 years old.

He sent the e-mail, telling us that he befriended Avi Kremer when he was in Harvard and now his friend has Lou Gehrig’s disease. I believe my friend wholeheartedly and felt that the little bit of good I could do by posting this on this blog would make it worthwhile. Please take the time to read his message.

My name is Avi Kremer. Three years ago I was a normal, healthy 29-year old. Then I was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Now I am confined to a wheelchair, and I can barely use my hands. ALS is rapidly destroying all of my physical functions. The disease is fatal and there is no cure. Unless we find one, I will die within three years.

Last year I joined forces with friends and top researchers in the field to found Prize4Life, an innovative non-profit organization that is already removing the obstacles that stand in the way of a cure. But we need your help. We are asking you to give $1 at and to spread the word about our unique campaign. It is your support more than your money that is important – we aim to demonstrate how a large number of small donations can result in meaningful impact. The power of one, times a million, can help us find a cure.

If you choose to give $1 and to tell your friends about the Dollar4Life campaign, if you put the information on your blog and on your website, if people see it and they give and tell people too, then that $1 will quickly become $100 and then $1,000 and eventually $1 million. That $1 million could save my life and the lives of the 500,000 people around the world who have ALS.

Please go to to make your donation.

Each donation will light up a pixel in the portrait gallery of ALS patients on the website. We hope that with your help we will light up one million pixels and brighten the life prospects of ALS patients everywhere.

To learn more about the Dollar4Life campaign and Prize4Life*, the organization that will receive the full amount of every donation, please visit

If you would like to contribute with a check, please make it payable to Prize4Life, Inc. and address it to P.O. Box 381708, Cambridge, MA 02238-1708.

Thank you,

*Prize4Life, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax-deductible.

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