Pictures from the very successful ALS walk. The Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa, Moana Lani Spa crew were amazing – they gave massages all morning long – to volunteers, to the walkers, to people living with ALS and their caregivers and family members. They generously gave their time and accepted donations for their services.
Susan Tanzman, founder and President of Martin's Travel and Tours gave a speech to support ALS to the travel industry in Hawaii. Starwood Hotels all 11 properties committed to the walk on Sept 6, 2014 on Oahu. Attending were representatives from Kahala Resort and Hotel, Hilton Hawaii and Mark Murphy from Agent@Home Magazine and others.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
A-myo-trophic comes from the Greek language. "A" means no or negative. "Myo" refers to muscle, and "Trophic" means nourishment–"No muscle nourishment." When a muscle has no nourishment, it "atrophies" or wastes away. "Lateral" identifies the areas in a person's spinal cord where portions of the nerve cells that signal and control the muscles are located. As this area degenerates it leads to scarring or hardening ("sclerosis") in the region.
The ALS Association Golden West Chapter has earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator!
They are proud to be a part of a very select group of high-performing charities who have earned the highest ranking to a charitable organization from America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Only 25% of evaluated charities receive this distinction, which recognizes sound fiscal management and a commitment to accountability and transparency.
Martin's Travel and Tours donates money from clients commissions to ALS says Susan Tanzman, president of Martin's Travel and Tours and director of the ALS Golden West Chapter. We are also one of the Chairpersons for the walk in Hawaii to support ALS patients.
I am sitting in Oahu looking out my room at the beautiful ocean and staying at the Kahala. I have been in meetings for two days and this is the first time I have had time just to stare at the beautiful ocean. I came over just to start the planning for the ALS Walk in Sept. we met with different organizations who service ALS and are trying to coordinate our efforts so we can provide better services to the patients and their families. I feel like we have definitely made progress he and I feel so good with trying to make a difference for those with this disease. I feel like my time spent is so rewarding and I will continue to be very involved. I do want all my fiends in Hawaii to join me on Sept 6 th for the walk. I want to have a team of 100 friends so we can make a difference. All of the money raised last year at the Hawaii Walk has been allocated to Hawaii ALS services. Being apart of this is truly a blessing and I feel privileged to be here and to make a difference. I will be home tomorrow to start working hard on this project. Aloha to all my friends from the beautiful Island of Oahu.