First, on behalf of my family I would like to thank everyone associated with Sons of Sam Horn for the tremendous amount of time and energy put forth into raising both money for and awareness of ALS. When a close family friend and member of Sons of Sam Horn, Chuck Korb, told me that an online auction and softball game would be completed in my father Johnís memory, I was honored. However, when I saw that $65,000 had been raised for Curtís Pitch for ALS and was going to the Massachusetts Chapter of the ALS Association I was completely blown away.
I have always had a passion for baseball and especially baseball history. As a result, while growing up, my knowledge of ALS was limited to Lou Gehrig and the rare disease that was named after him. In Middle School I remember thinking ďwell that canít happen to anyone I know,Ē because I didnít know anyone with the disease. Over the past four years my perspective has completely changed as I have watched not only my father wither away from this devastating illness, but also, the fathers of two people with whom I went to high school. Clearly the momentum is shifting. More is being done to raise awareness whether it be through: Major League Baseballís celebration of Lou Gehrig through the fight for ALS weekend this fourth of July, Curt Schillingís use of his celebrity status to bring attention to the cause, or the fundraising done by people like Sons of Sam Horn that will hopefully find a cure.
Once again I want to extend my sincere thanks for all that is being done to beat ALS. It is overwhelming to think that a game my father loved and supported his entire life is now taking up the battle that cost him his life.
Thank you for your generosity,