Lindsey Vonn, a four-time Olympic skier, announced on Instagram that her mother Lindy Lund passed away one year after being diagnosed with ASL.
“Lindsey Vonn’s mother, Lindy Anne Lund, passed away Thursday night from ALS, exactly one year to the day of her diagnosis,” representatives of the Olympian shared with the media outlet PEOPLE, confirming the mother’s death. “ALS is a devastating disease and one that has not yet found a cure.”
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also referred to as Lou Gherig’s Disease or simply ASL is a progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. As the disease progresses, patients lose their ability to properly regulate muscle movement.
Due to the harrowing nature of Lund’s passing, the 37-year-old Alpine skier is committed to funding further ASL research to ensure other families do not have to endure what she experienced with her own mother. her representatives explained that Vonn, “was incredibly grateful for the time she spent with her since the diagnosis and to be there by her side at her passing. In honor of her mother’s relentless fighting spirit, Lindsey is dedicated to learning more and helping bring additional awareness to this deadly disease.
Lindsey Vonn sets up Lindy Lund’s ‘Another Great Day’ for ALS Research GoFundMe
A GoFundMe was set up in Lund’s honor to help assist in funding research. “We want to raise funds to support the ALS Association, which has been profoundly helpful throughout Lindy’s ALS journey. When it seemed like there was nowhere to turn the ALS Association gave us resources, equipment, and information that gave us so much hope and comfort,” the fundraiser reads. Since its establishment, the family has raised over $18,000.
Last week, Vonn took to social media where she detailed her mother’s experience with the disease, up until her last day. “My sweet mother Lindy has lost her battle with ALS. She passed away peacefully as I held her hand, exactly one year after her diagnosis,” the Olympian wrote. She added, “If you’d like to make a donation to ALS research in my Mother’s name, please go to the link in my bio.”
Although she was able to recognize the hardships of losing a loved one, Vonn also noted that her mother is now free of suffering and no longer has to live through a disease that slowly deteriorated her body. She included the sentiments, “I am so grateful for every moment I had with her but I am also thankful that she is no longer suffering and in peace. She was a shining light that will never fade and I will forever be inspired by her.”
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