Middle School Hosts 5K To Raise Funds For Mother Battling ALS

Posted at 5:41 PM, Nov 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-13 22:14:40-05

Ashley Vickers was diagnosed about a year ago with Lou Gehrig's disease.

It’s a nervous system disease that weakens the muscles and impacts physical activity. Ashley's husband said it hasn’t been easy.

"It's tough going up stairs when you can't walk. A lot of times I have to carry her up. She's upstairs all day long until I get off work, and it's just a burden," said Randy Vickers.

A burden the Mt. Juliet community wanted to make a little lighter.

"Ms. Jami Gilbert, our neighbor, decided that she wanted to do something for our family, so she worked hard to put this together," Randy said.

But she didn't do it alone. Jami, with the help of others, came together to create a 5K fundraiser to "Run Down ALS.”

"We couldn't ask for a better community to live in," Randy said.



Even Ashley's children have been helping out in the fight.

"My kids push me to fight, and I'm not giving up at all, for them, for me, for him," Ashley said.

To donate to their gofundme page, click here.