ALS Association Helps Former Rugby Coach Fights Through Diagnosis
December 19, 2017 - als
By Karen Leigh
DENVER (CBS4) – Rod Hartley’s universe revolves around his family and Rugby.
For 5 years, he coached a immature group on CSU’s Rugby team.
“Those relations we have with that group is flattering clever – flattering extraordinary – flattering humbling,” pronounced Hartley.
Then a diagnosis of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Hartley was unexpected sidelined. This personality and manager was knocked off his feet and in need of help.
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“The ALS organisation has been fantastic,” pronounced Hartley.
He says he’s used a resources supposing by a ALS Association from day one.
Some of a things they have to offer – a loan closet – packaged to a roof with all a studious with ALS competence need.
From beds, to walkers, to special utensils that assistance someone who is losing their ability to grip.
It’s all giveaway – on loan – to anyone with ALS that needs it.
“We are sanctified that we are a target of that assistance for sure,” Hartley said.
There is no diagnosis or heal for Hartley or anyone with ALS. He knows a course can't be stopped.
Instead of worrying about what’s ahead, Hartley focuses on what’s right in front of him — his family.
“My mother is only a unusual chairman and fills me with light everyday. My kids, conference their stories, conference their laughs. When we are in this conditions we start to unequivocally conclude a lot of things that many people don’t compensate most courtesy to,” pronounced Hartley.
He’s grateful. Without submit and assistance from a ALS Association he wouldn’t have a chair he’s in or a minivan he and his mother use to get around.
“The extraordinary thing about this illness and this village is a humbling partial of it — is that there are so many people out there that wish to help,” pronounced Hartley.
This is one highway Hartley will not be roving alone.