Help Joe’s Friend Sack ALS

August 31st, 2015

ice bucket

Pardon Joe for a quick timeout from Bucs football. Joe’s old friend, high school classmate and former high school football teammate, got tackled with ALS in recent months.

His family — and a good many others — put together an ALS awareness video, as August is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge month. Every August until there is a cure, the saying goes.

Please click on the video, and if you are so kind, forward it to your friends and/or family with your favorite social media device — Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, whatever. Doesn’t cost a red cent. Joe would really appreciate it, and more importantly, so would Joe’s friend and his family. Thanks in advance.

13 Responses to “Help Joe’s Friend Sack ALS”

  1. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Nice video Joe and I’m on it.

  2. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Had an uncle die of this horrible disease. They need help. It doesn’t get nearly enough attention.

  3. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Sorry to hear that bro.

  4. Joe Says:

    Had an uncle die of this horrible disease.

    Such a cruel disease. Doesn’t affect the mind at all.

    Pains Joe to see a good guy and a good friend like this. As a mutual friend jokes to him, “Now you talk like you are drunk all the time.”

  5. Jeagan1999 Says:

    ALS took my Dad last year (June 6, 2014). It’s a horrible disease and it’s extremely hard on the family and loved ones to watch someone you care about waste away to the point where they can barely move on their own. The hardest part for me, was seeing my Dad have to be hooked up to a breathing machine for hours a day, just to help him get enough oxygen in his body. Towards the end, my Mom had to do everything for him, including feed him through a tube inserted in his stomach.

    My dad was a force of nature….even at 80 years old he was as active and strong as many guys at 40. ALS didn’t care how strong and active he was. 2 years after being diagnosed….the first signs were occasional involuntary muscle twitches which progressively worsened…he was gone.

    I’m sorry if my words here are too graphic or real for some to want to hear, but this insidious disease currently has no cure, and something has to be done so more families don’t feel the same pain mine went thru. There are amazing advances being made in ALS treatment and research each year, but for those who have already been diagnosed, time is a precious commodity and we must continue to aggressively seek a cure to this awful condition!

    God bless your friend, Joe…and tell him to stay strong. Perhaps with all our support, the cure to ALS is closer than we all think. If you can, give to the ALS Foundation and let’s make sure ALS is defeated once and for all!

  6. DI Says:

    My good friend’s dad just died of ALS last week Friday. It’s really sad to see this happen. Hopefully soon this disease will be done away with completely. Best wishes to your friend Joe.

  7. Joe Says:


    No need to apologize in any way. And thanks.


    Thanks for the kind words.

    Ask your friends to click on the video. Joe’s friend’s daughter (the blonde) put it together.

  8. Joe Says:


    Couple of weeks ago, flew back home to attend a fundraiser for him. Am told the event raised $62k. Joe’s pretty sure he accounted for $2,000 for all the beer he drank. #WasARoughNextMorning

  9. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Joe….thanks for keeping ALS research in mind and sharing it with all the Bucs fan here! I hope to see a cure for this disease….and maybe even another Lombardi trophy or two in Tampa…..within the next 10 years!

  10. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    My uncle wasn’t even able to work the muscles in his throat to swallow. His arms became so thin they er like the arms of a one year old. How my aunt understood what he said is a mystery. I tried talking with him and I needed her to help.

    Horrible thing.

  11. Joe Says:


    Yeah, just awful stuff, man.

    Mutual friend kids the person in video afflicted, “Hey, now you talk like you’re drunk all the time.”

    Thanks for sharing your experience.

  12. Buccfan37 Says:

    Can’t recall exactly what ALS is as a disease, from comments a possible muscle atrophy. There should be a cure in this day and age. Sorry to hear about those who lost loved ones.

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    Bring the buckets to RJS parking lots for tailgating in the September heat. That will cool fans off right quick and contribute to charity!