Girls of '72 for ALS


Girls of '72 for ALS


12 unique months/photos (January, 2017 – December, 2017)

Measures 17×11

Room to write on each day

Nice heavy paper

Aqueous coating to prevent scuffing

Printed locally in Sheboygan, WI

Bound at the top of each page with premium Wire-O binding

100% of the profit goes to The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research


Wendy (Prigge) Rauwerdink – 1972 Classmate and friend was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.

The Inspiration

The inspiration of the ALS Calendar Girls of ‘72 came from a similar one made for ALS in 2016.  Wendy was asked about doing a 2017 ALS calendar in her honor and she agreed with the stipulation that all proceeds would go to The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at John Hopkins.  

The soul of this calendar is attributed to the 12 ladies who were asked to pose and said “Yes” out of their love and admiration for Wendy and in wanting to help find a cure for this terrible disease.  These ladies knew Wendy from as far back as 1st grade, high school, and college.  

The creation of this calendar was made possible by the photographer and the graphic designer, who generously donated their talents and time to this project.  From the very beginning to the final format, Wendy was consulted and was active in helping make decisions for this calendar.

Although the ALS Calendar Girls of ’72 is only for the year 2017, the acts of kindness in the making of it will go on forever.  When Wendy agreed to the calendar, little did she know that old friendships would rekindle, new friendships would spark between acquaintances’, and the love that grew, as a result of this calendar, will always stay alive in all of us!

What is ALS?

ALS is also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It is a terminal illness that affects over 30,000 individuals in the United States alone. Every 90 minutes another person is diagnosed with ALS and another person dies from ALS. The disease causes progressive muscle weakness and paralysis; leading to loss of mobility, speech, the ability to swallow and ultimately respiratory failure. As the disease swiftly progresses, a person must give up more and more of their independence. Tasks which once seemed trivial become increasingly challenging and require assistance from others. Average life expectancy for ALS patients is 2 – 5 years. There is no cure.

The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins is funded by philanthropy. Simply put, our donors determine how much science we can do, and how quickly we can pursue promising new ideas and paths that might lead to better answers and new treatments for ALS. The donations that we receive – whether from people with ALS, family, friends, foundations, or grass-roots and local groups – are turned by the Packard Center into path-breaking research with leading investigators in research centers around the world. Our motto is, “The Hope is in the Science,” but the funds from our supporters fuel the science. Our supporters – the donors who give their resources in support of our mission – are our most important asset. Without them, we simply could not exist.