GivingTuesday 2023 Doug Straker Tribute

Doug Straker

In Loving Memory of Our Wonderful Husband, Father, Brother, Papa, Uncle, Friend and More

By Karen Straker

Although Doug’s journey with ALS was short, only 17 months, we found the services of the ALS Society to be monumental in making this time as easy as possible. The time, energy and money, to say nothing of the frustration and anxiety, we would have spent trying to sort out all our needs and wants was immediately erased by the speed, resourcefulness and compassion from all the services the ALS society provided. Our family cannot thank them enough for making Doug’s life easy during this time. Doug was able to enjoy a few of his top bucket list items as a result of all this reduced stress. A trip to Florida was one highlight, as Doug enjoyed watching NASCAR racing at Daytona, visiting the NASA Space Centre and putting his toes in the Atlantic Ocean. The laughter we all shared his last few months was so loud and long, it still rings in our ears! 

The family continues to support the ALS Society by entering a team in the Move to Cure ALS event each year, in honour of Doug’s memory. We encourage all our family and friends to consider helping ALS in any way possible, to help find a cure for this unforgiving disease.