Thursday, January 23, 2014

Greg Williams ALS Fight holds Fundraiser on Saturday Feb 1st at Dunwoody Country Club

Saturday, February 1st at 7:30 p.m.
A Fundraiser and Casino Night at Dunwoody Country Club to Benefit Greg Williams and His Family

If one member suffers, all suffer together…    
1 Corinthians 12:26

Occasionally we are called to join together as a community and help those in need. Now is one of those times.  We are so blessed to be a part of this amazing faith community – “our village.”  Many of us have the pleasure of knowing the Williams family and sharing some small part of our life’s journey with them.  Greg’s disease has no cure, but together we can help lighten their tremendous burden as they travel down the road ahead.

Greg’s Story

In the Spring of 2013 Greg was working out at the gym and felt a muscle twitch in his leg that did not go away.  After numerous doctor visits he was told he has Lyme Disease.  As the disease progressed at a rapid pace other symptoms indicated that it may be something else.  In September Greg received news that confirmed his worst nightmare- that he has ALS.  ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neuro-degenerative disease that will rob Greg of his ability to take care of himself.

Since September Greg has been in and out of multiple doctor’s appointments as he is being treated for both Lyme Disease and ALS. Recently, Greg participated in an ALS clinical trial at Emory to receive stem cells.

In November Greg could still drive, walked with a cane, and needed minimal daily help.  But today is another story.

TODAY, Greg cannot drive.  He cannot walk.  He is having difficulty with his speech and even difficulty eating.  All of this means his needs are great: He’s being fitted with an electrical wheelchair; He needs a handicap accessible van; He needs a hospital bed with a lift; He needs some type of home modification, which would allow access to a shower in his basement.  And as this disease progresses so will his needs.

The William’s family needs our help now.  Greg, Vicki and their children Coleman (10th grade at Marist), Michael (8th grade at Marist) and Andrew (5th grade at St. Jude) not only need this community to come together in prayer but they also need your help financially in order to alleviate the very costly, very necessary, and not always covered by insurance, costs that come with having ALS. They are used to helping others, coaching others, donating to others and, as you can imagine, quite uncomfortable that they need to lean on others to help get them through. But they have no choice.

So please
show your love and support for Greg and his family on Saturday, February 1st at Dunwoody Country Club.    Thanks

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