Voice For Joanie

Give Local on April 23rd and 24th

April 8, 2019

Dear Supporter,

Voice For Joanie, has again joined the “Give Local” fundraising program to aid us collect donations so we can continue to carry out our mission to provide adaptive communication equipment at no charge to victims of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Give Local is a national program that aids non-profit organizations like VFJ by publicizing their work and helping them to gather donations. Give Local is a unique fundraising opportunity since some benefactors donate to Give Local as a whole and these funds are then divided and shared with the organizations needing support in the form of a bonus donations. This bonus varies year to year. In the past it has amounted to an additional 11 - 15.6% of the direct donations made to each group. In 2018, VFJ received a bonus donation of 13.6%.

Please consider donating to VFJ through Give Local on April 23rd and 24th. You can do so by going to and search for “Voice For Joanie” in the search box.

The website will also allow you to make to multiple organizations at once, if you wish.

Give Local provides us with a much broader base of donors who may wish to help us support the victims of ALS. For those of you reading a letter and not an email, checks are still an acceptable form of donating.

Your support is crucial to our mission. God bless you for your consideration and generosity.


Frank Ruiz

President, Voice For Joanie, Inc.


"Bringing a Voice to the Voiceless"

Imagine being unable to speak. Now imagine being both unable to speak and completely paralyzed.This is the agony of a victim of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease). You have thoughts but no way to express them. You are cold, hungry, in pain, or want to say "thank you" or "I love you" but you can longer speak. That’s when the work of Voice For Joanie, Inc., (VFJ) is priceless.

As VFJ enters its 28th year, the silent sufferers of ALS continue to need assistance to express their needs, feelings, and thoughts. ALS is a progressive, fatal, devastating disease that causes degeneration of motor neurons that control all voluntary muscle movement. It does not discriminate, affecting men and women from all ethnic backgrounds and all walks of life. Sufferers of ALS become completely paralyzed – unable to move any muscle — and are robbed of the ability to communicate.


A New Milford woman dedicates her life to helping those who cannot communicate due to ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. By supplying computers and software, she has single-handedly helped hundreds of people to regain their voices, and maintain their independence.

Shirley Fredlund: I would talk with her on the phone and notice the slurring in her words. I would go to visit her and notice she was having more difficulty; this continued to a point where she was unable to talk and move. The only thing she was able to do was blink. We used to talk to each other with a letter board. I would point to the letter and she would indicate by blinking which letter she wished to use and we would spell out words. And I thought, there has to be a better way

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