John "Sly" Sylvester has touched the lives of many: family, friends, players, parents, students. Most importantly, John's relationships have grown to include his wife, Tessie and their young sons, Gus and Freddie.
Approximately 3 years ago, John began struggling with loss of mobility in his arm and hand. After the progression of these issues, John began to make several trips to the Mayo Clinic in order to determine the cause. In late Fall 2011, John was diagnosed with ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
As is normal with the diagnosis, the team of doctors could neither tell how quickly the disease would spread to the rest of his body nor how much time he may have left with his family and friends.
The average patient is given 2-5 years. There is no cure for ALS.
The recent efforts of so many through the "Ice Bucket Challenge" has shed a national light on this cruel disease. This focus has led to a rapid increase in funding necessary to find a cure but is still well short of what is necessary to fully fund research when compared to other, more well-known diseases. And, in the interim, individuals such as John continue to struggle every day with the physical, emotional and financial impacts of this disease.
We are hoping that you can help us support John by making a donation or participating in future fundraisers that will be planned in his honor. All proceeds from these events will be used to support John in his ongoing care.
Please join us on December 28, 2015 as we raise funds for ongoing medical expenses for the testing and treatment of the disease.
* $20 of your $25 Participation Fee is a tax-deductible contribution to The Sanneh Foundation. All funds collected from the game will be redistributed to Team for Gavin and Team for Sly. To contribute additional support for Team 4 Gavin, please use the form below.