Earlier this week I lost a long-time friend to ALS. It is a horrible, terrible, awful disease. I can’t find enough horrendous adjectives to describe it. We must find a cure.
Needless to say when I heard the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy and Bloomfield Brother Rice High School hockey teams will hold an ALS fundraiser this Friday, Feb. 12, after their Catholic League playoff game I wanted to share it with you.
Both teams recently defeated Novi Catholic Central, the #1 ranked team in the state, so the stakes are high for this game. The stakes are also high for ALS, also called the Lou Gehrig Disease.
After the game the two teams will give each other the ice bucket in support of a U of D Jesuit hockey dad, Paul Apap, who also is a Brother Rice alum and currently battling the disease. He coached several players from both teams during their grade school travel hockey years.
Both schools believe serving your neighbors through community service and helping others is just as important as academic studies in preparing their students for a strong, successful life. The ice bucket challenge is just one example.
The game is at the Hazel Park Ice Arena, 1555 E. Woodward Heights Blvd. in Hazel Park, and begins at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $5.00. The U of D Jesuit and Brother Rice Varsity Hockey Ice Bucket Challenge will be held right after.
There are several ways to make a gift at the game:
- Buy food at a bake sale
- Tin Can Auction
- 50/50 raffle
In addition, a few hockey parents of graduated U of D Jesuit players are offering a matching gift to encourage participation.
“Paul and his wife Maureen and three children remain hopeful for a cure to ALS and have asked that all proceeds be directed to ALS TDI (ALS Therapy Design Institute), an organization in Cambridge, MA, that is dedicated to finding a cure for ALS,” says Thomas Totte, vice president for institutional advancement at U of D, whose son was also coached by Apap.
Approximately 87% of what ALSTDI raises goes directly into research, he says. That organizations recently entered into a partnership, called ALS ONE, with Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The goal is to find a treatment within four years. More information can be found at ALS TDI and ALS ONE.
A table will be set up at the game where people can make a direct donation to ALS TDI. You can also donate online at www.alstdi.org/donate/.
This could be a real power play toward finding a cure.