San Luis Obispo, CA – The Canidae Racing Trophy Truck Team has added Jase White of Phoenix, AZ, to its team roster for the last race of the 2012 BITD season, the Henderson 250, to help raise awareness and honor those fighting the disease.
While symptoms of ALS are often mild early on, they generally do not develop until age 55 on average. Jase was only 28 years old when he was diagnosed in the fall of 2011. “It was a pretty devastating blow,” White said of his diagnosis. “People are born with different diseases every day. I gave it all to God and that’s when I started living a better life. I know that with everyone’s support and the research that doctors and organizations are doing, I’m pretty sure they will come up with a cure so I try and stay positive. The love and support of my wife Tina and our two beautiful children Savannah and Chase keep me going every day.”
ALS is a progressive and fatal motor neuron disease that weakens muscles and the respiratory system. ALS is one of the many diseases supported by the Muscular Dystrophy Association, providing support for families and funds for research. What White really wants people to know is that ALS is not just an “older person’s” disease. “Many people think it just affects an older generation of people,” according to White. “It affects the younger generation too. Working together with the ALS Association of Arizona it’s important we continue to raise awareness of how it affects families and younger families,” added White