Over $4,000 were raised to benefit the ALS Therapy Development Institute at Madison County’s first annual Strike Out ALS Co-Ed Softball Tournament at Lake Madison Park on Saturday.
“We got lots of help from friends and the community,” said Auburn Rose, the event’s organizer. “All around, it was a great turnout and tournament. There were a few planning issues, but overall it was good. We’ll try again in the future and iron out the odds and ends.”
Rose lost his brother Carnell to ALS just two years ago. Carnell Rose, who was 50 when he passed, was diagnosed with the disease in 2015 and was understandably the inspiration behind the event.
The Therapy Development Institute (TDI) works solely on developing a cure for ALS. Their innovative science and cutting edge approach has resulted in the identification of AT-1501, which their webpage calls “a promising treatment for ALS.” They have also pioneered the ALS Precision Medicine Program, the world’s premier program and partnership with ALS patients to discover additional potential treatments.
The ‘Wolfpack’ won the first ever tournament while the ‘Zapata’ came in second. Clay Hardee won the event’s homerun derby.
Every team had a chance to compete in at least two games and the winners of the first set played other winners and the losers played the losers. Proceeds included funds raised from concessions as well as auction items, which included signed memorabilia from baseball legends such as Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson, Bo Jackson and Pete Rose.
Every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), a progressive and fatal neurodegenerative disease. ALS causes muscle weakness, difficulty breathing and swallowing and paralysis. It can impact anyone, anywhere. Most people with ALS live two to five years after their first symptoms. Currently, there is no effective treatment or cure. ALS TDI believes that ALS is not an incurable disease, but an underfunded one.