Loren Dils Caregiver Support Campaign

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Loren Dils was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 41 which was over 9 years ago.  He has continued to live a full and productive life even with the difficulties that ALS presents to him.  As you can see from the articles below Loren has continued to give back and inspire our community.  He is also a fantastic father to his 2 sons who have been able to get to know him better and better every day.

For the past 3 years Loren has lived with the help of a ventilator that breathes for him. He also uses a motorized chair to get around which, to date, has logged nearly 3,000 miles.  Besides this specialized medical equipment, Loren needs the assistance of caregivers 24 hours a day.  Needless to say the medical care that Loren needs on a daily basis is very expensive totalling $250,000 per year.  While a small portion of those costs are covered by insurance, most of it is not and is covered mostly by his family. The average ALS patient survives 3-5 years and we are so lucky to have Loren still battling this awful disease and helping our community after 9 years.  The extreme cost of ALS has largely depleted his family’s resources and he needs more help from the community that he has given so much of his time and energy to.

The goal of this web page is to help raise $175,000 per year to help cover those costs that Loren’s family and insurance does not cover.  We want Loren to be able to continue to be the active father that he is to his sons and to be an active member in our community.  There is a link on this page that will allow you to donate and help Loren  defray these costs.  Thank you for any help that you can give.  Loren, his family and his friends truly appreciate any help that you can give.  (Updated Nov 17, 2016)

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100% of your monetary contributions will go directly to support Loren’s caregiver services.

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“I first met Loren when I was 17 and he was recruiting me to become a Lobo. In my first experience with him I could see how fiery and competitive he was and I knew pretty quickly that was the kind of energy I wanted to surround myself with. Little did I know when I signed to play at New Mexico that Loren would become one of my biggest role models. He is one who’s opinion I value as much as anyone’s. I remember the first set I played against him, and he completely kicked my butt, but after he was so reassuring that I had something special inside of me, I felt like I had no choice but to do everything I could to prove him right! He is a great motivator! In fact he still kicks my butt daily-only now the game is chess not tennis. Loren Dils, is truly a hero of mine and I am so lucky to call him a friend.”

Bart Scott, UNM Men’s Tennis Team Head Coach (2014-16), Associate Head Coach (2012-14), Assistant Coach (2008-12), Student-Athlete (1999-03)