“Heather and I would like to express our sincere appreciation to you, OJ and Chanda for all the kindness and generosity you showed us on Saturday evening [Three Rings for O.J. event, 9/13/14]. The Eye Gaze device is a godsend. When Heather began losing her voice, we were panic stricken. She can now continue to communicate with her friends and family.
On behalf of every ALS patient whose life you have touched, we thank you . Words cannot express.”
- Heather and Bob Kuchta, received Eye-Gaze device
“I was diagnosed with ALS in March 2006 by John Hopkins Hospital. I was referred in 2012 to the Brigance Brigade Foundation. Since that time, I have appreciated the Foundation for helping me to have more mobility. Without their assistance I would not be able to leave the house, the Foundation has provided me with a wheelchair ramp which is truly a blessing.
I think the Foundation is wonderful and it should be supported so it can continue to benefit everyone with ALS disabilities.
I can truly say without the Foundation’s help I would not have the flexibility to leave my house without the ramp. I am thankful for the Foundation every day.”
-Effie Harris, received patient service support to build a ramp on her home
“The Brigance Brigade Foundation helped me by remodeling my bathroom. I’ve been very fortunate to live as long as I have, and have the help and support from the Brigance Brigade Foundation. It makes my everyday quality of life better because the Foundation has helped me. They are remarkable people. They don’t have a job, they are angels at work helping people like us.
Once you’re in this position, you want to give up. Not me. I’ve always had a goal and a dream. I won’t give up and it’s the reason why I know I can do this even though I can’t walk.”
- Anthony Gegor, received patient service support to remodel his bathroom
“In 2010, I was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and am now living at home and living due to my ventilator. I have no use of my arms and legs and am dependent on my husband and an army of home health care workers, who are not inexpensive and not covered by Medicare or our secondary insurer.
I first encountered O.J. Brigance, an ex-NFL linebacker, who I learned was also a victim of ALS, in the post-game show after the last Super Bowl. In that short appearance I learned of his foundation, the Brigance Brigade Foundation, which assists persons with ALS. Most philanthropic organizations consider ALS as a hopeless cause, but not Mr. Brigance and his organization. He is sincere about helping a person with ALS and I am sincerely grateful to the Brigade for paying for three months of home health care for me.
Due to the Brigade’s generous gift to us, we were able to get caught up on bills and not have to worry for three months where the money was coming from to pay our very deserving and hard-working home health care workers. We are very grateful and have been blessed by the Brigade.”
-Annetta Kastner, received patient service support to have home health care services
“It’s been life changing to be getting a grant; we wouldn’t be able to exist without it. [Through our home health services, a caregiver] can help come in, give her baths, and get her up at least five days a week. We pay her out of [the Brigance Brigade’s patient service] money. She is a super caregiver and really great.
Without the Foundation’s help, we’d be at a nursing home or someplace similar and we would be separated. This grant has kept us together. The Brigance Brigade helps people that can’t help themselves. God bless everyone who works there.”
-Sandy Allison’s family, received patient service support to have home health care services
“The Brigance Brigade has been there for me from the day I was diagnosed with ALS. During this difficult time it was good to know that there was an organization that offered support and help. Most recently, the Brigance Brigade provided me with a Dynavox machine so that even though my natural voice is getting weaker I can still talk with my children, family, and friends.
-Judy Herman, received augmentative communication device