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If you’re looking for a way to get in shape and get involved in the community, we’ve got you covered. Here are five reasons to run for a charity this summer.

How can we celebrate this day while remembering those among us in different situations? Today we’re going to talk about how to give Dad the gift of altruism this Father’s Day.

While every individual is unique and has their own preferences, there are some general guidelines to follow when interacting comfortably and respectfully with people with disabilities.

This Memorial Day, we remember and honor the men and women who have served our country’s armed forces—specifically those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

No matter what your job is, it’s an chance to connect and come together. If you want to use your work for others, check out four ways you can give back at work.

How can you celebrate Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week and pay homage to officers around the country? Here are some ideas to get started.

Today can be an opportunity to plant the seed of altruism. If you want to make your May Day meaningful, check out these ideas for how to share the gift of altruism today.

Storytelling is powerful, and it has enormous benefits in store for you and those around you. Today we're going to talk about how storytelling can impact your life.

ALS IN THE HEARTLAND’S WALK GIVES HOPE TO THOSE WITH LOU GEHRIG’S DISEASE

Hundreds of people wanting to positively impact their world will congregate at Stinson Park on Sunday, April 30th for ALS in the Heartland’s Omaha Area Walk. Rain or shine, teams, families and individuals will raise support for today and hope for the future for Nebraskans and western Iowans with ALS.

With ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a person maintains their mind, but progressively loses control of every muscle—essentially becoming a prisoner in their own body. There is no treatment or cure and, once diagnosed, patients almost always die within 2-5 years.

David and Linda Raney know all-to-well the dire effects of the cruel disease. Their daughter, Dana Lynn Raney, was ALS in the Heartland’s youngest patient (23 when she first came to the agency).

Says David, “We watched Dana lose her ability to walk, her ability to use her arms, her ability to talk, her ability to swallow, and her ability to breathe without the aid of a ventilator.” Linda adds, “Dana suffered beyond words. Each and every day for two years, this monster of a disease took something from our daughter; we can never know the pain and helplessness she felt . . . Dana cried so much, and we had to wipe her eyes.”

The Raneys are not alone. ALS in the Heartland works with dozens of families on a similar journey. In fact, the agency was created by families affected by ALS. Approaching their eleventh year in service, ALS in the Heartland provides support through equipment loans, counseling, respite services and other programs. All services are free to patients, and no one is turned away.

Not under the umbrella of a national organization, 100% of ALS in the Heartland’s proceeds stay in Nebraska and western Iowa. In other words, they are able to help people immediately without having to go through channels of a national headquarters. However, as an independent agency, they must rely on funds raised at events like the Walk to continue their mission.

For as long as she was able, Dana Lynn Raney participated in the Omaha Area Walk. While her illness was very hard on her, she still maintained her ever-loving upbeat attitude and eagerness to spread love. “She gave us her motto for Team Dana, LOVE STRONG, and that is exactly what she did,” says David. Linda adds, “We live by her words every day.”

Dana’s family continues her legacy as active, faithful supporters of ALS in the Heartland. Relatives from as far as Virginia fly in to participate in the Walk. This year, the Raneys will be the honorary Walk chairs. The Walk will also host a cookout, live band, kids’ bounce house, and lots of giveaways. Walk routes are handicapped-accessible AND pet-friendly.

All ages are invited to register (for free!), create a team, join an existing team, or donate resources. To be involved at the Walk or send your support, text OMAHA to 71777 or visit http://alsintheheartland.org/news-events/omaha-area-walk.html.

In the meantime, David urges, “HUG THOSE YOU LOVE, and don’t be embarrassed; be thankful that they can hug you back. I would have given anything for a hug from Dana. Let’s find a cure and LOVE STRONG!”

ALS in the Heartland’s 11th Annual Omaha Area Walk
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Stinson Park at Aksarben Village (67th & Center), Omaha, NE
Noon: On-site registration & activities start. 1 PM: The Walk commences.

Paying it forward is a way to spread goodness into the world. If you want to get involved this International Pay It Forward Day, check out these ways to pay it forward.

Whether it's a few hours or a long commitment, volunteering not only supports those around you, but positively influences you as well. Here's six ideas to get started.

Homelessness is a significant issue which plagues our community and the world. With such a huge challenge, how can we as individuals make a difference?

Keep America Beautiful Month is about coming together to give back to our beautiful country. This month, you can try some of these activities to support your community.

Despite their age, children can have a powerful impact in the community, if only we encourage them to do so. Here are four reasons kids should start volunteering young.

If you’re looking for cool ways to donate your gently used items, check out this list of things you can and should donate, and some unique ideas of where to give them.

By going green, we create a better environment for ourselves and future generations. Check out these easy ways you can live an altruistic—and green—lifestyle.

This Women’s History Month, get involved by showing support for the women in your community. Check out these ways you can remember powerful women from history, while advocating for women today.

Enjoy a meal at Carrabba's Italian Grill from Monday, March 27th through Thursday, March 30th, and give back to ALS in the Heartland. Present the flyer attached and 10% of your check will help support individuals with ALS living in our local communities. Carrabba's is located at 14520 West Maple Road in Omaha. We hope to see you there!

If you’re a college student looking for something more satisfying to do with your time, consider an alternative spring break: volunteering your time and talents for the benefit of others.

When employers are looking for someone unique, make your resume jump out by adding volunteer experience. How can volunteering boost your job search? We’re going to find out.

Whether you’re single, dating or married, you can give the most romantic Valentine’s Day gift by giving back to your community. Check out 14 altruistic ways to celebrate this special day.

Our words are powerful, and should be treated with respect. So how do our words impact others, and how can we choose them wisely? Today, we’re going to find out.

How can we be kind in times of darkness? Today we’re going to talk about just that, and how we can continue to live altruistically when facing heart-wrenching times.

If you’re not sure if donating blood is the right decision for you, check out all the answers to your questions here, and help give life this January.

Self-defeating thoughts can come when we least expect them and tear down our self-esteem and break our spirits. So how can we stand up to them and choose joy instead?

Positivity is key to creating an altruistic lifestyle in the New Year. If you want to start 2017 off on a high note, check out these tips for living a positive life this year.

Give yourself and your loved ones the greatest gift this American Heart Month by focusing on making heart-healthy decisions towards a happier and healthier lifestyle.

While the gifts in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" may be a little strange by today's standards, you can still celebrate by giving gifts in your community.

Turns out, giving gifts is not only fun, but it’s good for you too! That’s right, giving benefits more than your soul; it’s good for your body.

If you’re tired of all the stuff this holiday season, fear not. Gifts can be more than material items. Check out these gifts to give that are about more than just stuff.

No matter what holidays you choose to celebrate this time of year, one thing is undeniable: it's the best time of the year to spread some cheer.

When we practice mindfulness, we train our brain to refocus on current surroundings, leaving us in a more peaceful and relaxed state. If you want to practice mindfulness, check out these easy steps.

What’s the best way to show thankfulness? By giving back to others less fortunate. This Thanksgiving, remember the reason for the season by showing thanks through giving.

How do we pay attention to current events while still living positively? Well, today we're going to find out. Check out these tips for how to positively live a positive lifestyle.

Gratefulness is not something which comes naturally; it needs practice. If you want to live an altruistic life and practice thankfulness this month, check out these easy steps you can take.

If you’re interested in living a more altruistic lifestyle and helping those in need this Halloween, check out these five spooky ways you can give back.

Here are a few reasons to celebrate this momentous anniversary of United Nations Day, and how you can use it to promote altruism within your own life.

Make October about more than just pumpkin spice lattes and costumes. Check out some of these ideas on how you can give back this month.

Values and beliefs instilled now flourish into actions later. What can you do to instill philanthropic values in your children? To get you started, here are six ways to teach your child about giving.

Dogs are the best, and this month you can celebrate them even more, because October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!

If you’re interested in living an altruistic lifestyle while still watching your wallet, check out this list of unique things you can donate besides money.

How can you make a difference in the world? By reducing your carbon footprint. Check out these easy ways you can lessen your environmental impact and help save the earth.

A mentorship program has more benefits in store than just for the mentee. If you’re not sure whether it's right for you, take a look at these eight ways becoming a mentor can benefit you.

Altruism stretches out, encompassing ourselves, others and nature itself. So how can we put this sense of altruism into real-life? By practicing its values with animal creatures around us.

While quotes might not directly stimulate our own lives, they play a significant role in encouraging a positive lifestyle. So go ahead, discover inspiration.