- Lindsey Vonn announced Saturday on Instagram the death of her mother Lindy Lund.
- The Olympic gold medalist wrote that her mother died a year after being diagnosed with ALS.
- Vonn also shared photos of her mother and called her a “shining light that will never fade.”
Skier Lindsey Vonn announced that her mother, Lindy Lund, died of ALS on Thursday.
Vonn, 37, announced the news on Saturday the instagram while sharing photos of her and her mother. In the caption, she wrote touching remarks and revealed their final moments together.
“My sweet mother Lindy lost her battle with ALS. She passed away peacefully as I held her hand, exactly one year after her diagnosis,” Vonn wrote. “I’m so grateful for every moment I spent with her, but I’m also grateful that she is no longer in pain and is at peace. She was a shining light that will never fade and I will always be inspired by her.”
The Olympic gold medalist also shared the dedication of his memoir “Rise”, highlighting her mother’s positivity and perseverance. She encouraged fans to donate to a GoFundMe for ALS research in the name of his mother.
According to the website, the money from the fundraiser will go to a non-profit organization called The ALS Association National Office. The GoFundMe raised $16,000 of its $25,000 target on Sunday.
“Mom, I hope one day I’ll be as tough as you are,” Vonn wrote on Instagram in a final message to her mom. “I hope I approach each day with as much energy and optimism as you do. I hope one day I will raise my children to be as amazing as you are. I love you.”
A representative for Vonn also confirmed the news of Lund’s death in a statement to people Saturday, adding that Vonn was “incredibly grateful for the time she has spent with her since the diagnosis.”
ALS, which stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, according to the ALS associationis a “progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord”. Symptoms usually appear gradually and include progressive muscle weakness, fatigue, slurred speech, muscle twitching, and difficulty with coordination.
The organization notes that most people who develop ALS are between the ages of 40 and 70, with an average survival time of two to five years. There is no known cure for the disease.
After New York Yankees great Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with the disease on his 36th birthday in 1939, ALS gained international recognition. The viral “Ice Bucket Challenge”, a campaign created in 2014 to raise funds for research, has brought another wave of recognition to ALS.
July 8, Vonn taken to instagram to mark the first anniversary of Lund’s diagnosis. The Olympian shared that she was inspired by her mother’s resilience after learning that her mother suffered a stroke while giving birth to her. Today’s reports that the stroke left her with minor paralysis in her left leg, causing her to walk with a limp.
In June, Vonn gave a moving speech about her mother at his induction in the United States Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame. Through tears, she thanked her mother for teaching her strength and character.
“It was because of the example my mother set for me that I was able to overcome any obstacle that was thrown at me,” she said. “Thanks Mom.”