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One of our good friends, Gary Wyman, was diagnosed with ALS in December of 2016. For those not familiar with the disease it is a debilitating condition that affects the motor neurons in a person's brain and spinal cord, causing muscles to rapidly waste away. ALS patients don't, however, experience any deterioration of the mind, and instead must endure remaining totally aware as the disease robs them of all bodily functions. Unfortunately, after only a few months after diagnosis, Gary is already experiencing major deterioration in his speech, his ability to walk and even simply buttoning his clothes. Once it hits it keeps progressing until the person afflicted is paralyzed and unable to communicate entirely. Life expectancy for someone with ALS is 2-5 years from diagnosis. Soon, Gary will be wheelchair bound. He will require the care of an in-home nurse to assist his wife in making sure his needs are met. His medical bills will continue to pile up. He'll no longer be able to walk, speak, and even breathe without assistance.
Life can be tough and it has a way of hitting you hardest when you least expect it. Gary, his wife, his family and his friends are refusing to wallow in this devastation. And Gary is doing the only thing he can do— live. His profound ability to confront such tragic circumstances daily and still find the positivity, light, and laughter in life is an inspiration. His will to experience as much as he can while he's still mobile is not only a testament to his strength and courage, but serves as a reminder to us all: life as you know it can be taken from you in an instant; nothing gold can stay. Being present and living life to the fullest should not simply be elusive concepts by which we hope to live, but rather a practiced doctrine at work in our lives.
We are asking our friends to join us in contributing to this cause. All sales from these t-shirts we produced for Gary (flip through the images in the slider) will be donated to help pay for home adjustments, medical equipment and appointments as his condition progresses. We thank you for your help and support.