I am Gia Polo

a family member of someone we've lost to ALS


**Gia's father Carl passed away on November 29, 2022. Below is Gia's story, submitted before her father passed away.**

In life, you can count on one thing; everything can turn around in one day or even in one minute. For us, this minute was on 5.19.2021. Our amazing, loving, generous, funny, strong father was diagnosed with ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

This has shaken our hearts and our worlds to the absolute core. He is a brother, a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a grandpa, a confidant, a man of God, and a pillar of strength to so many. Love, prayer, and strength come in many forms and through many people. We need as much as possible right now and in the coming days. The outpouring of love and support has truly been unbelievable; and for that, we are ever so grateful.

This is going to be a journey we could never be prepared for, but we do know the power of prayer and the miracles God is capable of. We vow to remain hopeful and committed to making sure Dad has the very best care.

Our father has lived a happy life, bright and full of memories, and we will continue that with him. He is the strongest man we know- he will not give up this fight and we will be there by his side, every single step of the way. Let this serve as a constant reminder to hold close your loved ones, to live your fullest, and to never take anything for granted.

Pray for treatments to help my strong hearted, minded, and bodied father! 🤍🤍 we’re just starting this journey and I’m staying so positive and hopeful! He’s a warrior. Even warriors need prayers.

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