Locals in Madison County and surrounding communities will have an opportunity to show off their athletic skills for a great cause on Saturday at Lake Madison Park at Madisonville’s first annual Strike Out ALS Co-Ed Softball Tournament.
“Everything we make is going to the ALS Therapy Development Institute,” said Auburn Rose, the event’s organizer. “The purpose is to raise funds for research. Right now, there is no cure for this disease at all. Two to five years is the average life expectancy once you are diagnosed.”
Rose lost his brother Carnell to ALS just two years ago. Carnell Rose, who was 50 when he passed, was diagnosed with the disease in 2015 and is understandably the inspiration behind the event.
The Therapy Development Institute (TDI) works solely on developing a cure for ALS. Their innovative science and cutting edge approach has resulted in the identification of AT-1501, which their webpage calls “a promising treatment for ALS.” They have also pioneered the ALS Precision Medicine Program, the world’s premier program and partnership with ALS patients to discover additional potential treatments.
Anyone who is interested is welcome to form a team for $250. Each team must include at least two female players.
“It has been getting out there,” said Rose. “We have teams from Madisonville, Cleveland, Centerville and Navasota. But you do not have to play to come out and watch.”
Each team will have an opportunity to compete in at least two games. The winners of the first matchups will play the other winners while the losers of the first matchups play each other. On top of the team entry fees, proceeds will include funds raised from concession items as well as auction items. Items available for auction include signed memorabilia from baseball legends such as Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson, Bo Jackson and Pete Rose.
Every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), a progressive and fatal neurodegenerative disease. ALS causes muscle weakness, difficulty breathing and swallowing and paralysis. It can impact anyone, anywhere. Most people with ALS live two to five years after their first symptoms. Currently, there is no effective treatment or cure. ALS TDI believes that ALS is not an incurable disease, but an underfunded one.
The tournament will begin at Lake Madison on Saturday at 9 a.m.