Teresa Thurtle is originally from Las Vegas Nevada but has lived in the Washington, D.C., area since 2008. Teresa is a program analyst at the National Science Foundation, an Air Force veteran, and currently serves in the Air National Guard. Teresa has served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Deep Freeze. She is also the founder of Bottoms Up to Down ALS, which hosts fun events in the D.C. area to raise awareness and funds for ALS drug research. Teresa is from a familial ALS family, having lost her father and grandmother to this disease.
Along with her brothers, Michael, Mark, and Kenneth; Teresa stands a high probability of carrying the SOD1 gene. Since her father’s diagnosis, Teresa has been advocating and fundraising to find a cure for this horrific disease. Her commitment to end ALS is twofold: to save the lives of not only her direct family members, but her military family members as well. The Veterans Administration recognizes ALS as a service-related disease, as research shows those who have served are twice as likely to develop ALS compared with those who did not serve in the military. An avid baseball fan, Teresa believes that through continued research, we can strike out ALS!
What's New with Me
Bottoms Up to Down ALS recently held their annual Washington DC Corntoss Challenge raising $13,080!
Teresa is also currently working on her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration at Walden University.