Community turns out to support Bayonne manager with ALS (PHOTOS)
June 4, 2016 - als
Brandon Smith, 30, a propagandize confidence ensure who helps manager basketball and football, was diagnosed final Jul with amyotrophic parallel sclerosis, mostly referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”
Those diagnosed with a neurodegenerative illness might remove a ability to speak, eat, pierce and breathe, according to a ALS Association. The meant presence time with ALS, that doesn’t have a cure, is 3 to 5 years, though many people live five, 10 or some-more years, a organisation said.
Today’s fundraising eventuality during Veterans Stadium, that was good attended by students, family and friends, featured an alumni football game, a 50/50, basket raffles, shirts, an ice bucket plea and a concession table.
Many people took turns embracing Smith after a football diversion ended. He thanked everybody for their support.
“It was a good experience. we had a lot of fun,” a manager told The Jersey Journal. “It was really sparkling to see everybody come out.”
Student-made posters hung on a sequence couple blockade during a event, with some reading “God Bless You Brandon,” “We Support Brandon!” and “Stay Strong.”
Newspaper clips about Smith and photos of his football career as it unfolded over a years dangled from a clothesline nearby.
Smith’s fiancée, Christyann Altamirano, was blissful to see that a fundraiser had a good audience after it had to be postponed last month due to severe weather.
“We’re only beholden for everybody who came out to support Brandon,” she said.
Proceeds from a fundraiser went to Smith’s medical losses and a ALS Association. For those looking to donate, an online concession website has been set adult for Smith during gofundme.com/22agcgpx.