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
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;
The rest, as they say, is
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" 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
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.
we can all help
make Brian's "Wish" a reality . . .
STORY FEATURED IN INDY STAR . . .
with Lou Gehrig's disease
inspires decals on race cars.
By John J. Shaughnessy
never expected his cause would be championed in this
year's Indianapolis 500.
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
IN THE INDYSTAR:
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.
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"
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
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
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
chapter for more information.
1980 East 116th Street
Carmel, IN 46032
Toll Free: (888) 508-3232
this space for more information on how you can help
with "Brian's Wish" or simply contact your local ALS chapter
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 . . .
Click Here to visit "Friends of Brian"
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St. Vincent Hospice - A Special Way Of Caring
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.
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.
Indianapolis, IN 46268
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