A Tribute To Fr. Jim

This year our corn maze is an ALS- Lou Gehrig Maze. We are super excited to support the ALS Association through raising awareness around the disease ALS, and to also help raise funds towards helping find a cure. Our wonderful, faith-filled pastor and priest, Fr. Jim Lee from St. Michael Parish, was diagnosed with ALS last November. Our hearts have been moved by his gracious, brave, faith filled, and positive way he has handled this diagnosis. ALS is a terminal degenerative disease. When a person is diagnosed with ALS, they typically have 2-4 years life expectancy. We love our pastor, and more than that, we feel a responsibility to bless others and give back to our community since we have been so blessed by our farm and all of the wonderful families that choose to patronize our business. Here are some basic facts about ALS and a link to an article written by Northwest Catholic about our pastor, Fr. Jim Lee. It is a good read. https://www.nwcatholic.org/features/nw-stories/i-am-blessed.html

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that is 100% fatal. There is no known cure at this time.
  • 5,000 + people are diagnosed per year
  • Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with ALS and someone passes away
  • Only 2 drugs are currently approved by the FDA for ALS and are used to extend life by only months
  • Life expectancy beyond diagnosis is 2 to 4 years
  • Veterans are 2x as likely to get ALS
  • ALS is difficult to diagnose and takes ruling out of other diseases before diagnoses is made which may take months or years
  • The Evergreen Chapter serves 4 states: Washington, Idaho, Montana & Alaska. We’re working to improve the quality of life of over 700 people living with ALS in the areas we serve by offering support groups, in-home visits for resources & education, multidisciplinary clinics that are centered around care of those with ALS, technology assistance & free durable medical equipment loans
  • All services provided by The Evergreen Chapter are FREE of charge to people living with ALS and their families