My friend, Lyle Merner who has been suffering with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) for 18 months, and has done everything humanly possible to tame this awful disease. Even venturing out to China for painful treatment that did little to reverse his horrible ordeal. Unfortunately, his form of ALS has been very aggressive, and his health has deteriorated very quickly over the past six months. He is confined to a wheel chair, has no mobility in any of his extremities, and has almost no capacity to breath on his own. This is a very sad story of a truly wonderful and giving guy – a father, husband, brother, and son to others. A great friend to me.
I met Lyle back in 1997 when I first started working for The Portables – two young bucks with similar drive and energy, and a love for partying. We developed a great friendship over the next seven years that I worked there, and we’ve continued it since. It’s hard for me to see him in the state he is in and at a time where he should be in the prime of his life, enjoying his wonderfully supportive family, and little Ethan. Instead, this ugly disease has taken it away from him. I saw Lyle a couple of times over the past three weeks, and I can see that his wife Gabby and him have come to peace with the situation and the inevitable. They are, however, very determined to help raise awareness and funds for ALS. If you live in British Columbia, you may have caught Lyle in a feature story on Global TV News this morning. It will re-air at 11:00pm tonight. You can see an interview from September 7, 2006 here.
If you would like to support Lyle’s fight with ALS through a donation, please visit Lyle Merner’s Site 2007. His goal is to reach $15,000 of which 100% of the proceeds go to ALS research. You will also receive an immediate tax receipt from the ALS society.
You can also join thousands of others in the Walk for ALS. Click here for a Walk near you. I will be attending the Richmond Walk for ALS in Lyle’s hometown of Steveston on Saturday, June 9th. The Walk starts at Garry Point Park, with registration at 8:00am and the kick off at 10:00am. I encourage you to come out and show your support in helping to find a cause and cure for this disease – one that can inflict anyone at any time.