Time for our 2013 ALS Support Raffle

September 5, 2013 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

It is time for our annual raffle fundraiser for the ALS Association and the Missoula Montana Walk to Defeat ALS. This year we are not having just one prize, but added a second and third place prize as well. ALL of the money raised by this fundraiser will go to the ALS Association because we are committed to creating a world without ALS. Our fundraising goal this year is $2000.

Win a Shopping Spree redeemable at either the Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe or at Polkadotsheep.com.

  • $200 – 1st prize
  • $100 – 2nd prize
  • $50 – 3rd prize

How do you win one of these shopping sprees? Buy raffle tickets which are available online or in the Knit ‘n Needle. Drawing will be held on Monday, September 30. You don’t need to be present to win.

  • 2 Tickets for $10 (In Store tickets can be purchased singly for $5)
  • 10 Tickets for $25
  • 25 Tickets for $50
  • 60 Tickets for $100

ALS button

If you are unaware of what ALS is, it is a progressive neurological disease that can strike anyone at any age and it is currently without any cure. The full name is Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and is commonly known as “Lou Gehrig disease”. Learn much more at the ALS Association site in the About ALS section. Especially informative is the “Facts You Should Know” page. ALS has significant costs associated with it that are often not covered by medical insurance such as modifications to homes and equipment.

Our commitment to ALS research and support started when a good family friend of Aimee Alexander (owner of Knit ‘n Needle and Polkadotsheep), Dr. Erik Schroeder, was diagnosed with ALS two years ago. Aimee wrote about this last year here on the blog, Win Yarn and Find a Cure!  ALS Raffle. This year Aimee wrote the following update on the Ravelry thread…

The Schroeder family is doing remarkable. When Erik’s symptoms became outwardly noticeable last fall, they decided to include their three children in the diagnosis. This will be the first year they walk as a family in the Walk to Defeat ALS. You can read more about Erik and his remarkably hopeful and inspiring journey with ALS here.

In other news, Team ALS Awareness once again participated in the Glacier Challenge multi-pursuit race covering 50 miles. Our team’s special request for this race was to be team #179 in memory of Jon Blais who was the first (and only) person with ALS to complete the Kona Ironman Triathalon. Here is a picture of yours truly doing Blais’ famous ‘Blazeman-roll’ (Blais’ resolve to finish the race was unwavering as he stated, “Even if I have to be rolled across the finish line, I’m finishing.”) I log-rolled across the finish line in both the 2012 and 2013 Glacier Challenge. The log roll has become a trademark of individuals and teams participating in endurance races for ALS. I hope to have the honor or log rolling across this finish line year after year.

Aimee log rolling the finish at the Glacier Challenge

Aimee log rolling the finish at the Glacier Challenge

You do not need to be present to win one of the Shopping Sprees. If you purchase your tickets online, we will email your ticket numbers to you and put them into the mix at the Knit ‘n Needle. You will be notified by phone or email so be sure to fill in those details when you purchase your tickets online.

Please help us support ALS patients and their families and find a cure for ALS!  We are dreaming of a day when a person with ALS can walk into a doctors’ office to actually discuss treatment options. With your help, this day will come, and then we will be able to say “we know an ALS survivor”.


A huge thank you to all our awesome customers who have already purchased tickets! Keep up with the raffle and fund raising results in our Ravelry group.

~Angela M.


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