At the age of nine, Exeter Township’s Avery Niedrowski took a ten-hour vow of silence to raise awareness and money for A.L.S. (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and raised over $50,000. She is now already over 75% complete of her new goal of $75,000.
Now 12, Avery has inspired a national campaign by Project A.L.S.—the leading organization for A.L.S. research. THE SHUTDOWN is a virtual fundraising event that will occur from 1:00-4:00pm EST on May 18th to coincide with A.L.S. awareness month. Participants have pledged a vow of silence for 3 hours to raise awareness and money to benefit Project A.L.S. The initial fundraising goal of $50,000 is already 75% met and there is every expectation that the goal will be far surpassed.
Avery lost her grandfather to ALS, and nearly everyone in America knows someone with a neurodegenerative disease (and if you don’t yet, you will: by 2025, 1 in 25 of us will be diagnosed with one), and it’s our voices and our dollars that will stop this epidemic before it’s too late.