ABERDEEN, Md. (WJZ)—ALS is an incurable disease that kills most of its victims three to five years after diagnosis. Former Ravens player O.J. Brigance has it and has a foundation to help others.
Now, as Mike Schuh reports, other ALS patients are lining up to help.
Bay Coulter spent a few years in the Marines, and then onto a career at the Aberdeen Proving Ground.
His nickname, Coach, was earned volunteering for leading recreation league football teams.
But in January he was forced to retire.
He now needs help getting in and out of cars.
From a coach who roamed the sidelines, now his walker keeps him moving.
He came to WJZ to talk about his disease. When asked about the name of his disease, he couldn’t produce an answer. In that moment, he realized that was an uncomfortable moment.
But there’s nothing wrong with his mind. His muscles are wasting away.
Now, this iPad does the talking: “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS,” he soon responded via technology.
ALS takes away speech, breath and movement.
In a few years, patients waste away.
Former Raven O.J. Brigance has it. He has formed a foundation to help others.
With veteran’s benefits, Coulter is getting what he needs. But he and his son know others are left wanting.
So, “I do not think about ALS. I try to think about happy things,” Coulter said.
One such thing is to help others.
“So of course I say lets do a charity dance or some kind of fundraiser for ALS,” said his son Justin Coulter.
So on Saturday, Bay and his son Justin will walk into The American legion in Aberdeen.
They hope to walk out with “I would say at least $3000-5000. I’m hoping for $10,000,” Justin Coulter said.
The money will go to the Brigance Brigade, which helps local ALS patients.
This Marine is tough, accepts his fate–and with all the challenges yet to come is grateful.
“I want to live the rest of my life that God gives me with my family and friends. I do not dwell on it. I focus on what I have,” Bay Coulter said.
Doors open at the American Legion Post in Aberdeen on Saturday at 6 p.m. The cost is $20 at the door.