About "Brian's Wish" . . .

Brian is a young man much like any one of us. He has a caring family and a young son. He also has a fatal disease; Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Brian, it turns out, is also a very big fan of Indy Racing and the Indianapolis 500.

The "Brian's Wish" program is a story about how one person made an effort and made a difference.

One of Brian's special caregiver's at St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis, a wonderful and compassionate fellow racing enthusiast named Barb Lyons, realized Brian's interest in Indy Racing and mentioned it in an online racing community; www.trackforum.com.

The rest, as they say, is history.

In a matter of days, word about Brian had spread throughout the Indy Racing community. Drivers, sponsors, team owners, crew members, series officials and most of all other devoted fans like Brian, all came together to help make Brian's life a little brighter.

And along the way found that a simple act of kindness can become so much more . . .

By their private, unselfish and caring gestures these generous people set in motion what has blossomed into the "Brian's Wish" program.

Overwhelmed by the kindness and support from these complete strangers, both well known and ordinary people alike,  Brian decided he'd like to find a way to leave a lasting legacy of gratitude and hope. One that would both remember those who helped him and use that support to generate awareness of his disease in the hope that others would be helped as well.

Brian's Wish News:
A Conversation with Brian . . .

Family Statement about Brian

Updates about Brian

Friends of Brian

Brian's Wish News Updates

Brian's Wish Photo Gallery with photo's of Brian's Wish at the Miami Indy Racing event 

Brian's Wish Logo Gallery

A special gift  from a young supporter

Star studded BRIAN'S WISH Runoff's at RACERS Karting Center raises $2,000 . . . Click here for details

Please be sure to read noted motorsports journalist Dave Argabright's feature story on Brian and the Brian's Wish program in the Feb. issue of National Speed Sport News

 

  Thus Brian's "wish" is simple . . .
     . . . he'd like us to help find a cure for his disease  
        
 

Although the difficult fact is it won't help Brian, his hope is that it will help others who may follow his path.

To help with Brian's wish, the Indy Racing community will be helping raise awareness for this disease by displaying "Brian's Wish" logo's on a number of the race car's in the Indy Racing series, including the Indianapolis 500, along with on team equipment and apparel.

Indy Racing fans will also have the opportunity to show their support for "Brian's Wish" and ALS awareness. By making a contribution to ALS research, through the "Brian's Wish" program, Indy Racing fans will receive "Brian's Wish" decals to display as well.

Working together we can all help
     make Brian's "Wish" a reality . .
.

 BRIAN'S STORY FEATURED IN INDY STAR . . .
Our own "Aunt Barb" Lyons found she had a love of auto racing in common with Brian Hall during his stay at St. Vincent Hospice. Hall, a patient with Lou Gehrig's disease and avid IRL fan, has received visits from many drivers, thanks to Lyons' posting on a Web site. -- Sonya Bordeau / iIndyStar staff photo
 
Wish come true

 Patient with Lou Gehrig's disease
 inspires decals on race cars. 


By John J. Shaughnessy 
john.shaughnessy@indystar.com

Brian Hall never expected his cause would be championed in this year's Indianapolis 500.

He never expected that Eddie Cheever Jr., Sam Hornish Jr. and many of the other race car drivers would put "Brian's Wish" decals on their high-priced, endorsement-covered race cars.

Then again, no one could have expected the remarkable story of hope, courage and faith that has unfolded through Brian, his family and the racing community in the past five months . . .  Full Story

ALSO IN THE INDYSTAR:   Brian's Wish is bright tile in larger ALS mosaic

 

Brian's "wish" is that contributions to the Brian's Wish program be used towards promoting public and media awareness and supporting research to find a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease. The Brian's Wish program will contribute all net proceeds to these ALS related causes.

Brian's Wish is a grassroots, all volunteer effort and as such is not yet registered as a 501 (c) 3 Charitable organization. However, we have made arrangements for your contributions to be distributed directly to the ALS Association and to receive charitable contribution status for your contribution if you so desire.

Please let us know if you need such a receipt for your to the Brian's Wish contribution. Make sure you give us an address so we can get your receipt and decals to you.

Through the generosity of several benefactors, including the mysterious and appreciated "Fueler", Dennis Reinbold of Team Purex Racing and "Packy" and Ellen Wheeler from Performance Graphics in Indianapolis, each contributor will receive a set of "Brian's Wish" decals.

If you'd like to become involved with the Brian's Wish program or would like additional information please feel free to contact us below.


Once again all of us, including Brian and
his family, thank you for your support.

 

Walk to D'Feet logo
 


More than 50,000 people in 57 cities walked to raise more than $4,000,000 in this year's Walk to D'Feet ALS. Persons living with ALS, friends, families as well as the corporate community came together in support of this nationwide effort. Many national and local corporate sponsors participated, including Aventis, Booz-Allen & Hamilton and Maurice Lacroix, Fine Swiss Watches.

Click here for more information on Walk to defeet ALS

The Walk to D'Feet ALS 2002 is the primary annual fundraiser for ALS. Brian and his family have been strong supporters and encourage all to participate. Please contact your local ALSA chapter for more information.

Indiana Chapter
1980 East 116th Street
Suite 105
Carmel, IN 46032
Toll Free: (888) 508-3232

alsa.in@juno.com
 

 

Please watch this space for more information on how you can help with "Brian's Wish" or simply contact your local ALS chapter through www.alsa.org

 

Friends of Brian's Wish


Brian's Wish wouldn't be possible without the support of many fine people and businesses, some of who are represented below. Brian, his family and all the rest of us at Brian's Wish extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks for all your support . . .

Please Click Here to visit "Friends of Brian" 

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St. Vincent Hospice - A Special Way Of Caring

St. Vincent Hospice provides a special way of caring for the person and their families whose life expectancy is limited. Hospice affirms life and maintains the dignity of each individual it serves. The program focuses on maintaining the quality of life by keeping patients pain-free and comfortable while providing for spiritual, emotional, social and physical needs.

Brian's Wish is an excellent example of St. Vincent's caring commitment. A single care-giver went the extra mile to help make a patients life a little brighter. And the result of that single caring effort has become Brian's Wish.

St.Vincent Hospice
Indianapolis, IN 46268
(317) 338-4040

Send a note of thanks
 

 

   

 

   
 Sample "Brians Wish" Logo's:  About ALS:


Click Here for the new Brian's Wish Logo Gallery - Now you can see all the Brian's Wish logo's with thumbnails in one spot. See the various "draft" logo's used to create the final Brian's Wish logos.

Brian's Preference:

Brians Wish # 7 version 2

Brians Wish # 7 version 2 - B&W

Links to a few other "sample"
"Brians Wish" logos:

Brians Wish Small Crew Logo

Brians Wish Small Crew # 2

Brians Wish Small Crew # 3

Brians Wish Small Crew B&W

Brians Wish Bumper Sticker

Brians Wish Logo 1

Brians Wish Logo 1 - B&W

Brians Wish Logo 2

Brians Wish Logo 2 - B&W

Brians Wish Logo 3

Brians Wish Logo 3 - B&W

Brians Wish Logo 4

Brians Wish Logo 4 - B&W

Brians Wish Logo 6

Brians Wish Logo 6 - B&W

Brians Wish Logo 7

Brians Wish Logo 7 - B&W

Brians Wish Logo 8 - Line Art

Brians Wish Logo 9

Brians Wish Logo 9 - B&W


And a couple just for fun . . .

Brians Wish Logo 5

Brians Wish Logo 5 - Animated

 


What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body.

The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually lead to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With all voluntary muscle action affected, patients in the later stages of the disease become totally paralyzed. Yet, through it all, for the vast majority of people, their minds remain unaffected.

How You Can Help

In July 1939, when the great Lou Gehrig stood before thousands of fans in Yankee Stadium, weakened from the early symptoms of ALS, he said "I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth." Lou Gehrig really meant that and his tears showed he meant it. He had friends, family and a loving public to help him through the last days of his life as the disease slowly destroyed him.

Today, those faced with ALS have The ALS Association (ALSA) with them as well, offering support and information, helping them to cope, physically, emotionally and intellectually, to live more productively and independently.

We live our mission every day...
and we believe now, more
than ever, there is ...

A Reason For Hope.

 

www.alsa.org

   

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