Noel Levasseur was diagnosed with ALS aka Lou Gehrig's Disease last November at the age of 50. He is a dear friend and brother to me that I have known since second grade at Hussey School in Augusta.

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Noel has lost strength in his arms and hands. His speech is also affected. He doesn't dwell on that though. Noel and his wife Jen have continued to work tirelessly this year, advocating for the defeat of this terrible disease. They even took a trip to Washington, DC and met with our Maine representatives to help further this important cause.

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Noel was kind enough to tell us about it on the air last Spring and share what's next around here for ALS fundraisers.

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Listen to us here. I dare you not to be moved by this inspirational man. We hope you'll join our "village".  After Noel chatted with me on BLM, we received numerous phone calls and messages from Blimpsters who had gotten choked up and teary listening to two old friends.

The event we've been gearing up for since our last big ALS fundraiser at the Calumet Club in March, is finally here. Tomorrow teams from all over Maine will gather at Payson Park for a "Walk to Defeat ALS" around Back Bay in Portland. It starts at 9a. I'll be walking with the Levasseur Strong team. Donations can be made www.alsa.org.

Here's a great video the always enthusiastic Noel put together the other day as a last call to get the word out. Hope to see you tomorrow!