Lots of updates to share on things we’ve been up to, as well as details for two events happening later this month.
One step closer to a new drug
This past week, the FDA Advisory Committee voted 7-2 in support of approving AMX0035. This is exciting news and a direct result of the tireless dedication of thousands of ALS advocates–including many readers of this blog–who have been pushing the FDA to approve this promising ALS therapy for over two years.
The Advisory Committee’s recommendation is NOT binding, which means the FDA could still deny approval of AMX0035. We must continue to fight until the FDA makes its final decision by September 29.
We still have a chance to make an impact and help inform the FDA’s decision. You can help by contacting the FDA and asking them to approve this important drug
Americans living with ALS cannot continue to wait for this safe and effective treatment to be available. The FDA must approve AMX0035 as soon as possible.
Raising funds to find a cure for ALS
Later this month, I’ll be participating in two events to raise funds in support of research to find a cure for ALS. The ALS Association Golden West Chapter will host its annual Walk to Defeat ALS. The Honolulu event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Kapiolani Park. I’ve been asked to give a few remarks before the walk kickoff.
The following week, Saturday, September 24, Orange Theory Fitness (OTF) will host the second annual DriTri fundraiser in support of the ALS Association Golden West Chapter and in my honor. Before my diagnosis, I was a founding member of the Kapiolani studio, working out at OTF three or four times a week, and the DriTri was one of my favorite events. The DriTri is basically an indoor triathlon featuring a 2000 meter row, 300 bodyweight exercises, and ending with a 5K treadmill run.
This version of the DriTri will be a team event and is open to current and former OTF members and their families and friends. The event starts at 10:30 a.m., and I will be there to kick off the DriTri and to cheer my friends as they complete this challenging event.
To help support the ALS Association Golden West Chapter, you don’t even have to walk or participate in the DriTri. You can give to my personal fundraising page by clicking on this link: http://web.alsa.org/goto/orangetheory22
Or, you can point your phone camera to this QR code which will take you directly to the fundraising page. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent of the law. Any amount you can contribute to this cause will go a long way to continue the fight.
This week I also had my evaluation with a new physical therapist from Makai Mobile Rehab, a company offering mobile, outpatient PT services which means they’ll come to our home for my appointments which is much easier on me than having to travel to a nearby medical center for each visit. We’re hopeful this will also mean more frequent physical therapy sessions to maintain my range of motion and as much function as possible during this phase of my ALS progression.
Patient Advisory Board
Through her participation in the NEALS PEACe committee as an ALS Research Ambassador, Jen was recently selected to serve on a new patient advisory board for Blackrock Neurotech. The patient advisory group will work with the company’s development team on their Brain-Computer Interface (BCI).
As always, thanks for reading and for your comments and messages – they mean the world to me!
I personalized (but not with anyone’s name except mine) the message to the FDA, asking for their approval of AMX0035, and sent it off. Fingers crossed!
This is great news and congrats to you both for all you are doing! Keep up the good fight!
You’re so generous with your beautiful sharing of your life and journey with us. Thank you for all that you both do. Aloha. Doug & Colleen
Sending love and always cheering you on my friend!
So glad you are staying busy with outreach activities. Congratulations on being honored this month. You’ve still got the TV persona—love your smile Jose! Love to you and Jen. I will always be your fan😘Joy
Hope the FDA comes through with approval and the events go well.
Connie B. Williamson
Thanks so much for the updates! Means a lot of me. Praying for you and Jennifer! We get strength from you both!
David J. Hartness
Jen and Jose: Shizuko and I have you in our thoughts and prayers. Congratulations on all of the wonderful progress and activity you are both involved in. We are so excited we will be just an hour plane ride away. We arrive at our new home in Volcano, HI 9/20/22. We hope to see you soon after that.
I enjoy reading your blog.