The Shutdown is less than a week away: this Sunday, May 18th, Project A.L.S. supporters across the country will take a three hour vow of silence to support Project A.L.S. research. Our longtime friend Aileen McGrath is shutting down with us, and she agreed to answer a few questions about why she decided to join The Shutdown. Aileen inspires us every time we speak with her–if you agree, support Aileen here, or join her: download a sign and tell the world why you’re shutting down on the 18th.
What made you want to join The Shutdown?
I wanted to join The Shutdown because Project A.L.S. has given us so much love and support. We are all in this fight together.
What is your goal through The Shutdown?
My goal is to bring awareness to as many people as I can of the important research that Project A.L.S. tirelessly continues to do that will result in effective treatments and an eventual cure for this horrible disease.
What do you want people to take away from your vow of silence?
Of all the things that ALS took from my husband, the loss of his voice was the most devastating. Appreciate the beautiful sounds that come from the voices of the people you love.
Are you doing The Shutdown in honor or memory of someone special to you?
I am doing The Shutdown in memory of my husband Dr. Mickey McGrath.
Why did you decide to work with Project A.L.S.?
We decided to work with Project A.L.S. because they gave us hope. All of the many doctors that we saw just gave us a death sentence. Jenifer, Valerie and Meredith gave us a lifeline.
Is anyone planning to join you during your vow of silence?
My family will join me in The Shutdown and be supporting me as always.
What do you think will be the toughest part of “shutting down”?
Shutting down down for one day does not seem tough when I think of all that my husband and so many others afflicted with this terrible disease had to endure.