Redondo Beach city employees to horde fundraiser for co-worker with ALS

May 27, 2015 - als

Redondo Beach city employees are rallying to support one of their own, a 25-year co-worker and father of 4 who was recently diagnosed with ALS.

On Saturday, a Redondo Beach Fire Department and Police Association will horde “The Art of Giving,” a fundraiser to advantage Jim Allen and his family during their time of need.

Deputy Fire Marshal Steven Nothern, who has famous Allen given they met final summer while portion on an events committee, orderly a fundraiser. He pronounced he expects a throng of 200 to 300 and hopes to lift $15,000 to $20,000.

More than 40 donated art pieces from a Redondo Beach village and Redondo Union High School students will be adult for sale, and attendees can bid on auction equipment such as present baskets, present certificates and vacations.

“We wish to assistance out someone who is in need, to advantage someone who is going by a genuine bad time,” Nothern said. “I know it’s going to be a help, though we customarily wish to let him know that we’re behind him and that we support him. We wish him to know that there’s not customarily people meditative about him, though peaceful to do something to assistance out.”

Nothern pronounced Allen, 48, many expected will use a deduction toward medical costs and renovations on his home to make it some-more permitted as his illness progresses.

ALS, also famous as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative illness that affects haughtiness cells in a mind and spinal cord. It leads to a relapse of engine neurons, that creates it increasingly formidable for a studious to control his or her intentional flesh movement.

About 20,000 Americans humour from ALS, that is many common in people from ages 40 to 70. According to a ALS Association, a life outlook of a studious with a illness averages dual to 5 years after diagnosis.

Allen is now confronting symptoms such as debility in his legs and problem breathing. He has participated in clinical trials given his diagnosis, and volunteered in one to have a pacemaker ingrained in his diaphragm, that might assistance him breathe some-more effectively.

He pronounced he will continue to proffer for clinical trials to assistance a medical village find answers.

“I wish to be partial of a solution. we wish to somehow assistance a medical village get that subsequent proviso in improved diagnosis or even a heal one day,” Allen said. “This illness, we believe, has run a course. It’s time to stop it.”

Allen and his mother have 4 children: Sarah, 18; James Jr., 15; Kaitlyn, 15; and Ethan, 10. He has spent 25 years in a Harbor Department. Nothern pronounced that nonetheless he has customarily famous Allen for a year, his strenuous affability creates an present impact.

“He’s one of those people where when we accommodate people that know him, no one has anything though good things to contend about him,” Nothern said. “That customarily tells a story, so he’s got a lot of friends and people that work with him on a veteran level, they even notice what a kind, gentle, good male he is.”

Margareet Wood, who works in a Redondo Beach Community Services Department, helped coordinate art donations for a event. Wood has famous Allen for some-more than 20 years and pronounced she has always been tender by Allen’s ability to sojourn ease in stressful situations.

“We had some times afterwards of chaos, and he never acted like disharmony was surrounding him,” Wood said. “Always that same ease solidness, peaceful to work late, peaceful to do whatever, always a answer man. That’s still a box now.”

Members of a Redondo Beach village also have lifted income for Allen over a past few months. A GoFundMe page patrician “All Hands on Deck for Jim Allen” was combined in October. Since then, 115 people have donated scarcely $14,000 to Allen and his family. At a 37th annual Super Bowl 10K/5K Run/Walk in Redondo in January, $2 of any entrance price was donated to a account for Allen. More than 9,000 people participated in a race.

Allen pronounced a support he has perceived over a past few months keeps him certain as he struggles with his disease.

“It’s unequivocally special in terms of a inner workings of City Hall since it unequivocally gives we a feeling that we have a family there,” Allen said. “It’s a apart family outward of a home. It’s unequivocally done me feel so, so special in that it helps my positivity pierce forward. It keeps me going. I’m customarily so beholden and grateful for a people we work with.”


• “The Art of Giving” will take place from 4-8 p.m. Saturday on a second building of a Redondo Beach Main Library. It will embody an art sale, a wordless auction, live song and catered food from Kincade’s, El Torito and Joe’s Crab Shack. Wine will be supposing by Redondo Beach firefighter and vintner Greg Allen.

• Tickets can be purchased for $25 during a Chamber of Commerce, King Harbor Marina Office, Amber’s Cove or during a door.

• To make a concession or scrutinise about a event, hit Steven Nothern during

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