Bergquist’s Telemetry Sales Director Mike Vigliotti will walk in the 2024 Orlando Walk to Defeat ALS in March to fundraise and spread awareness in the fight for a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive and fatal neuromuscular disease that gradually deprives individuals of the ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. Vigliotti has lived with ALS for the past eight and a half years.
Following a typical ALS diagnosis, individuals face an anticipated lifespan of just two to five years. Due to the slow onset of his particular condition, Vigliotti has chosen to become an advocate not only for himself but for others diagnosed with ALS. Vigliotti actively engages with local and national government officials to champion the need for ALS treatments and trial drugs. On his ALS Association fundraising page, Vigliotti notes that “no cures or treatments have been very effective,” making ALS research all the more urgent.
Vigliotti’s employer, propane equipment wholesaler Bergquist, based in Toledo, Ohio, supports his ALS awareness initiatives. Bergquist recently funded an eye-tracking device that allows Vigliotti to use his eyes to power his computer mouse, a crucial adaptation given his loss of grip strength and hand motor function. “I feel blessed that I still lead a fairly normal life,” Vigliotti said. “I still work full-time, for a great company that has stood behind me and helps with anything I need to make my job easier.”
Bergquist encourages others to join “Team Vigs” on the Walk to Defeat ALS, March 16, 2024, at Lake Eola Park, 512 E. Washington St. in Orlando. Bergquist also urges direct donations to Team Vigs through the ALS Association’s website to help the team reach its fundraising goal of $10,000.
“Mike has been a key member of the Bergquist family for years and we are inspired by his passion and commitment to assist others impacted by ALS,” said Lauren Clark, President & CEO. “The propane industry is a tight-knit space, so I’m confident that many of his colleagues and peers across the country will step up to support him in this effort.”
For more information on the ALS Association and its mission to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS, visit www.als.org. Follow ALS Association at www.Instagram.com/ALS or www.Facebook.com/alsassociation.