Update on Cake Boss Momma Mary Valastro

As we reported a couple of weeks ago, the Ice Bucket Challenge, has become a nationwide phenomenon.

The Challenge, started by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patient Pete Frates to increase awareness of this debilitating disease and encourage donations to research for a cure, has been accepted by hundreds of celebrities- everyone from Ben Affleck to George W. Bush have braved the icy water.

The ALS foundation reports that as of today, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised $79.7 million compared to $2.5 million during the same time period last year.

For the Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, this outpouring of support has special meaning. As you may recall, his mother, Mary Valastro, was diagnosed with the disease,  also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in 2012. Shortly after her diagnosis Buddy set up the Momma Mary Foundation to raise money to aid ALS research.

In a recent People magazine interview, Buddy gives an update on his mother’s condition: “She’s got good days; she’s got bad days.” Although permanently in a wheelchair, the disease has not affected her breathing or speech, something that the optimistic Valastro sees as a “glass half full” blessing.

But it is still difficult for her family to see the once strong matriarch in her weakened state:

“I’ve seen the most independent, lively person that I’ve ever met in my life – I mean, she was just like a ball of energy – reduced to not being able to do anything for herself. And I think that’s the part that kills her the most because she was the matriarch. She did so many things for everyone. And now everyone has to do for her, which nobody minds doing – it’s just a big pill to swallow.”

And not one to shy away from a challenge, here’s Buddy’s acceptance of the Ice Bucket Challenge, as he posted it on Facebook:

Michele R. Berman, M.D. was Clinical Director of The Pediatric Center, a private practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2000, and was named Outstanding Washington Physician by Washingtonian Magazine in 1999. She was a medical internet pioneer having established one of the first medical practice websites in 1997. Dr. Berman also authored a monthly column for Washington Parent Magazine.


  1. Suzanne kieckers

    March 16, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Please tell the valastro family I am thinking of them at this time.

    • debbie dotts

      April 1, 2016 at 2:59 am

      U r in my prayers Buddy. I love ur show. I watch it late nite. Love you all

  2. Martina E

    August 26, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Wishing Mama Mary all my best wishes and having such a loving family surrounding her makes all the difference. You are in my prayers!

  3. Anne O'Neal

    November 25, 2015 at 12:17 am

    My mom was diagnosed with ALS at age 83. So cruel for those so active and independent. My prayers are with you all!

  4. Tracey Sawtelle

    January 30, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    To the entire Valastro Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. To Momma Mary I pray that God helps you and your family during this difficult time. I want you to know that I am praying for you and the family and everyone at Carlo’s Bakery(s).

    In God’s precious name,

  5. Nikki Jo Lucero

    June 23, 2016 at 12:01 am

    We love your family and your shows. We just saw the show you made your Mother an new cake…it’s 2016 now, and We hope the best for you and your Mother and family. God Bless!

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