Speed4Pat

Pat Quinn, diagnosed in March 2013 at age 30.

I was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 30 back in March 2013, but my journey begins with a super active, quite athletic, 28-year-old who had just finished taking down a softball tournament title. The very next day I woke up, and my left arm was twitching. I’m young. I’m strong. It will go away, right? It didn’t. I still feel it every single day. It took almost 2 years to diagnose. Blood tests, cat scans, MRIs, spinal taps, EMGs, and even a muscle/nerve biopsy all showed nothing. One really long day later at Johns Hopkins, it was finally conclusive. ALS.

ALS is an extraordinary challenge and something I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. Slowly, but surely, I’m getting weaker, and there’s nothing I can do about it. However, I choose to remain mentally strong. When facing adversity, you have to make a decision. You can give into the difficult scenario and let it beat you OR you can fight! I take tremendous pride in being a fighter and doing everything I can to battle this disease. I’m young, mentally fired up, and plan on making a difference!

I’m so lucky to have incredible¬† support from my wife, family, and friends. Their love keeps me going. Becoming friends with Sarah and many of the other Faces of ALS has been such a blessing. I’ve met the most inspiring people in my life within the ALS community and hope I’m inspiring others along the way!