Support the Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins in Memory of JR Cropper
Gulls Way Campground is a family owned & operated campground in Dagsboro, Delaware. It was started by J.R.’s grandparents, the Croppers, in the 1980’s. This campground is a very tight-knit community that comes together in times of need.
J.R. Cropper lived his entire life in Sussex County, Delaware and was a friend of many local businesses. Gulls Way’s success with its annual fundraiser has been made possible through the support from friends, family, the Gulls Way community, and local businesses.
There are several reasons why this means so much to us. Here are the 3 most important:
- Finding a cure for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) & New medications with better results – No family should have to go through the devastating process of finding out their loved one has ALS, knowing there is no cure, and the disease is terminal. The medications available right now prolong life for a short period of time, offering limited hope.
- Hard to diagnose ALS– The first symptom J.R. had was a backache. This is not something that concerned anyone, as he was always doing physical labor. After many months of tests (x-rays, bloodwork, MRIs, and a chiropractor regarding his back pain) and the process of elimination, J.R. was finally sent for an EMG test. He was diagnosed with ALS on December 29th, 2020.
- Awareness – Our family had never even heard of ALS before J.R.’s diagnosis. Immediately, we went in search of as much information as possible to learn more about this disease. We believe our fundraiser will bring awareness to this debilitating disease while everyone is in fellowship celebrating the memories of our loved ones that have lost their battle with ALS.
The goal of this fundraiser is to bring awareness to this debilitating disease, while also celebrating the memories of loved ones that have lost their battle with ALS. The Packard Center for ALS Research gives hope that someday there will be a cure for ALS and together we can make a difference.