In August of 2016, at the age of 48, former 1991 NCAA Tarheel champion and Schmeisser Award winner and then current Cincy Royals and Mariemont Lacrosse Coach Graham Harden was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is a devastating diagnosis for which there is currently no cure. As ALS progresses, the average out of pocket expense for patients with the advanced disease is in excess of $300,000 per year.
Shortly after Graham’s diagnosis, GForce Game On was launched to raise funds for Graham’s medical care, create awareness about the disease and work as an advocate for more research that ultimately leads to a cure (www.gforcegameon.org
). As Graham continued to coach his beloved sport post-diagnosis, he also found time to develop this tool – W8Z weighted end caps – to assist his young athletes in honing their craft.
Regretfully, Graham’s health has declined. To facilitate his breathing, a tracheostomy was recently performed and a ventilator connected. With the advent of this significant change in Graham’s condition, 24-hour nursing care is now required and the out of pocket medical bills are mounting.