Jodi is a parent, educator, former caregiver, ALS advocate, and public speaker. Jodi’s husband was diagnosed with ALS when their daughter was just two years old. Jodi is the founder of Hope Loves Company, the only nonprofit in the U.S. dedicated to providing educational and emotional support to children and young adults affected by ALS.
What was life like before your husband’s first symptoms?
Before ALS, I was a teacher who was happily married to Kevin O'Donnell, and I was the proud mom of Alina, who was two and a half at the time of diagnosis. We were thinking about the things that parents and young couples think about at ages 29 and 30 – the next house, the next job, and maybe the next child.