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Fundraisers being held for Milt Avalos

Ajo Copper News of Ajo, Arizona

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Two fundraisers — a golf tourney and a dance — are being held this Saturday to help out a local man battling ALS. Ads with information about the two events appear on pages 3 & 5 of this issue.

One of the driving forces behind the fundraisers is Marty Cubillas, who was a classmate of Milt Avalos.

Said Cubillas, "Meliton "Milton" Avalos is a graduate of Ajo High School (Class of '83) and father of two boys, Austin & Eric. Milton started noticing weakness in his legs in 2008, and since he has always been an athlete he just put it off as par for the course due to old injuries and getting up in age. In 2011, at the age of 26, he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), since the diagnosis the disease has taken so much from Milton. It started out with weakness in his feet then crept up into his legs. By 2013, Milton had become totally dependent on a motorized wheelchair. This forced him to make a decision that it was time to retire from his place of employment with the Arizona Department of Transportation after 25 years of service.

"Additionally, Milton needed a means of transportation and bought a handicap accessible vehicle which was not cheap. This allowed him to commute to his doctor's appointments and visit with family and friends. In November 2014, the weakness crept up into his hands which forced him to make another decision, that was to stop driving and move in with his parents so that he could receive the care and assistance needed daily.

"This has proven to be very difficult since he became someone who went from being totally independent for most of his life to one who now must be dependent on others to survive. Milton refuses to give up his fight against ALS and fights every second of each day."

Cubillas said the purpose of the fundraisers is to help Avalos' parents update their home to be handicap accessible and to help with his daily care. "Since his parents are his only caregivers, this could provide a means for him to have someone else come in and assist with his daily needs," said Cubillas. "The fundraiser can really help Milton offset his out-of-pocket costs and help him live out the remainder of his life without worry and as comfortably as possible. ALS patients are given 2-5 years survival, so no one knows how much time we have left with Milton. We want to make the best of the time we do have and hope and pray for a cure and a miracle every day!"



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Original Publication Date: September 8, 2015



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