STATEMENT REGARDING BRIAN HALL
INDIANA Ė May 25, 2002
Many of you in
the Indy Racing community have become Brian Hallís and our friends over
the last several months. Sadly, we his family, must announce the passing
of Brian Hall on May 23, 2002.
afflicted with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrigís Disease nearly 5 years
ago. Despite a courageous battle, Brian knew and understood the eventual
outcome of his disease, as there is, as yet, no known cure for ALS.
battle with his disease was the inspiration behind the establishment of
the Brian's Wish Foundation. Under Brianís guidance and direction, the
ďBrianís WishĒ program was created to promote Brianís ďwishĒ
to raise public and media awareness of ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease and to
ultimately find a cure for this cruel and vicious, fatal disease.
involvement with TrackForum and her personal connections within the Indy
Racing community, Barb Lyons arranged visits from drivers, owners and
crewmembers, which put smiles on Brian's face we had not seen in many
months. These caring people, as well as many of Brianís fellow racing
fans from across the country, generously contributed a veritable
ďmuseumĒ of racing memorabilia that greatly helped raise Brianís
remarkable gifts gave Brian both a purpose and a peace in his final days.
And that, the family feels, not only extended Brianís life but also
significantly improved the quality of his remaining time with us. For that
we will be always thankful.
month of May the Greatest Spectacle in Racing is held here in
Indianapolis. This was always a high point of Brianís year.
This year the
Bronze badges at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are a tribute to Sid
Collins, formerly the Voice of the Indianapolis 500, who was also
afflicted with Lou Gehrigís Disease. Additionally, the month of May is
National ALS Awareness Month.
Brianís family, these circumstances plus the fact that many of the cars
in this years Indy 500 will display a Brian's Wish decal to commemorate
Brian, seem both fitting and comforting.
Brian told us
recently; ďplease remind everyone that it is my sincere
"wish", that with the support of all of my many new friends,
Brian's Wish will continue to develop and grow as well as it has begun and
will be successful in helping to find a cure for ALS."
And because of
the efforts of so many wonderful people, we know he will once again be
smiling . . .
thanks to all of you who have made such an important contribution and
difference in both our, Brianís, and other ALS patients lives.
Year Later - A Note from Brian's Family . . .
Dear Family and Friends:
May is ALS Awareness Month, the
Indianapolis 500 Race and the first anniversary when Brian died, on
Carburetion Day, May 23, 2002.
next day Eddie Cheever met with both Brian and Barb. And as they
say, "the rest is history".
A note from Brian's Mother . . .
Thank you from Brian's Family . . . 1/27/02
voice and fax
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