July 20, 2019
Michael Dean Gibbs' Golf to Cure ALS
Michael’s story… On January 24th 2018, the evil monster of all diseases, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease) took from us the brightest of lights, Michael Dean Gibbs. The lives of all that knew him will never be the same. We will miss his incredible wit, engaging smile, and love of family, friends and life.
Michael was only 41 when diagnosed in November 2013. He fought this heinous monster with a smile, hope and grace referring to it as an “inconvenience”. He never complained and simply adapted to the physical changes to his body; the same body that once made him a terrific basketball player for Williamston High School. He was also an avid golfer.
Sometime after high school he moved to NYC where he lived for 13 years putting himself through Hunter College acquiring his BA cum laude. He literally absorbed every aspect of the city enjoying many newfound friends, museums, art institutes and, fine dining restaurants. He later moved to Columbus, OH where he began his banking career. He was there when he received the devastating diagnosis, after which he returned to Williamston to be with family and friends. With all the heartache this horrible disease creates, Michael’s return home was a blessing. Our family and friends became a strong knit support team and together, we talked or watched countless hours of movies, Sunday nights on PBS, SNL, and Jeopardy to name a few. Of course, he never missed a golf, basketball, baseball or football game!
We were eyewitnesses to his courage. When he could no longer walk he turned to his computer for communication and research to satisfy his insatiable thirst for knowledge. He was always happy to discuss any topic, and there were many! Eventually he was robbed of the ability to speak, but the eye gaze software (on his computer) allowed him to type words with his eyes and have the computer speak for him.
When the young bury the old, time heals the pain and sorrow. When the process is reversed, the sorrow remains forever.
To date there is neither treatment nor cure for ALS. Anyone can be stricken. Our chosen charity is ALS Therapy Development Institute, devoted exclusively for ALS drug development research. A Michael Dean Gibbs’ Golf to Cure ALS outing will take place on July 20,2019 at the Wheatfield Golf Course in Williamston. If you would like to support our efforts by playing, sponsoring, or donating, we would appreciate your support!
Please join us at Wheatfield Valley Golf Course on July 20th, 2019
8 a.m. Registration / 9 a.m. Shotgun Start
Four Person Scramble / 18 holes