Our Als Stories


Cassidy is creating a photobook, visually documenting her family, pre-and post-ALS, with the support of professional photographer and videographer, David Plakke.

Cassidy's photo diary
  • Image The back of the house changed completely in August 2019 because we needed the handicap access
    Image We would always play basketball together - me and my dad as a team with my two brothers against us. It’s always been me and him against the world
  • Image The lift was put in so my dad could get in and out of the house and give him a bit of independence
    Image My dad would play with a lefty glove even when ALS was trying to stop him.
  • Image We have been camping at ASP since before I was born. Many memories were made here from water balloon wars to mudslides to late night talks around the campfire.
    Image Up and down is really symbolic of a person’s life — especially when affected by ALS.
  • Image My dad has always loved reading, so when books became hard for him to hold, we got him an iPad.
  • Image Music has always been important to my dad — you could always tell his mood through what he was listening to — before ALS and now.
    Image The wheelchair was a real transitioning time and a really rough patch for him and our family
  • Image Traveling has always been of his favorite things to do and the wheelchair proves how ALS never stopped him.
    Image Riley has always been my dad’s dog, almost like a protector. They can’t play like they used to. They used to play really rough.
  • Image I took this family picture with masks June 2020. L-R: Shaun, Trica, Mike, Marissa, Conor, Me
    Image Growing up as a kid my dad was always cooking on the grill. When ALS stopped him, he taught me how to.

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Q & A with Cassidy
Q: Why did you choose to share your story through ALSO US?

A: When I heard of this opportunity to explain to other people that you are not alone when it comes to stuff like this I couldn't stop myself from doing it! Everybody deserves a chance and I'm so happy I got mine.

Q: What thoughts went through your head when you learned you would be working with David?

A: When I was first told I would have a mentor I was really scared and nervous because what if we didn't have a lot in common or get along, but after our first call I felt so much better and we actually had a lot in common, I'm so happy to have the mentor I have!

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