ALS is not an incurable disease, only an underfunded one

ALS is not an incurable disease, only an underfunded one

The Ales for ALS program continues to grow, raising $1.25 million dollars to date. We're proud to be part of this important work. Plan to be at either Birdies for Bubba or the Kickoff event this weekend! The letter that follows was written by Mike & Cheryl Smith to friends, family, and all who support our efforts. [Pic: Scott Hanses, namesake of Bubba's Brew, surrounded by family & friends at 2016 event.] 

“Courage is the capacity to go ahead in spite of fear or pain.”  These were the words my uncle, Mark Hanses, lived by during his 5-year battle with ALS. It was the definition of the word “courage” that his older sister had shared with him after her diagnosis of ALS several years earlier.  Mark died on May 11, 2017.  As family and friends gathered to celebrate his life and mourn his passing, we also remembered his siblings whom we had lost to this disease. Chuck Hanses. Joyce Hanses Brusic. Jim Hanses. Ruth Hanses Williams. Lois Hanses Champoux.  Time and time again, we have watched ALS trap a loved one in their body, and ultimately steal them away from us. 

But what of the courage they display in the face of this unrelenting foe?  Mark’s strength was no longer measured by what his muscles could do, but by the example he set every day, to embrace life and inspire those around him to their own greatness.  We see that same courage in my brother, Scott, and our cousin, Greg, both living with ALS now.  These three men made the choice not to give in to the disease, and we attempt to honor that strength and courage with our fundraising efforts.   

'Ales for ALS' is in its 5th year of partnering with ALS Therapy Development Institute to raise money to support their innovative science and cutting-edge research.  Loftus Ranches, along with Yakima Chief Hopunion and Select Botanicals Group, provided the proprietary hop blend free of charge to 135 breweries in 36 states this year, and we are proud to announce that our program has gone international!  A brewery in Japan has joined our initiative, with every brewer designing a unique recipe which highlights the flavors of the 6 different hops included in the 2017 blend.

Locally, Bale Breaker Brewing Company will be releasing their 2017 Ales for ALS beer on Saturday, July 15th.  The annual fundraiser runs from noon until 9:00 PM, with food vendors, live music, and exclusive Ales for ALS merchandise for sale.  The event is open to all ages with no charge for admission, but donations will be graciously accepted.  In addition, Bale Breaker donates $1 per pint of any beer sold on this day to ALS TDI.  Throughout the summer and into the fall, $1 per pint of Bubba’s Brew will go toward the vital research.  We hope that you can join us, to drink good beer and support a worthy cause. If you’re unable to come to the festival, we ask that you might consider making a donation, either by using the enclosed envelope or going online at

ALS is not an incurable disease, only an underfunded one.  Together with family and friends, we intend to change that. 

Posted July 11, 2017

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