On July 30th Dennis Crawley received the devastating news that too many of his family members have heard over three generations – he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The strain that has afflicted their family is an aggressive strain known as SOD1-A4V. Dennis is the 27th member of his family to receive the fatal diagnosis.
Dennis has had the pleasure of coaching hundreds of young men in baseball and has been able to be involved in the game he loves. His love for baseball began as he was coping with the loss of his mother from ALS when he was 7. That is how he learned of Lou Gehrig, former Yankees player who died of ALS. It is with a very heavy heart he will have to hang up his baseball cleats and change his focus for the fight of his life. The many stories pouring in from former players on how Dennis impacted their lives has been truly heartwarming.
As his sister Deneane stated during her battle with ALS – “Your last months of life should not be about the money; it should be about spending quality time with loved ones”. Truer words cannot be spoken. Please consider a shirt purchase or donation to Dennis's online fundraiser.
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