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Coach Jeremy Williams Fund to benefit the ALS Association of Georgia

Ty Pennington presents the Williams Family with their new home

Ty Pennington presents the Williams Family with their new home

Photo Albums

"Reveal Day" on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
The Williams Family Extreme Makeover Photo Page

Total Number of Gifts: 51
Total Value of Gifts: $4,605.00

Recent Donors

Michelle Clery

In honor of the Baker Family, Garland, TX.

In honor of the Baker Family, Garland, TX.

In honor of the Baker Family, Garland, TX.

In honor of the Baker Family, Garland, TX.

In honor of the Baker Family, Garland, TX.

Ramona Garrett

In honor of the Baker Family, Garland, TX.

Ramona Garrett

In honor of the Baker Family, Garland, TX.

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Mission Statement

To lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global, cutting-edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

Palm Harbor Homes, Inc. and its wholly-owned modular subsidiary, Nationwide Homes, Inc. joined ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and surprised Coach Jeremy Williams and his family with a new home. This exciting episode will air on ABC on Sunday, May 16.

This Tribute Fund has been set up in honor of Jeremy Williams to help find a cure for this disease.

Coach Williams was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, in June 2008. Despite his battle with this devastating disease, Coach Williams led Greenville High to the second round of the state playoffs and was featured in a series of articles in the "Atlanta Journal Constitution."

Williams first showed signs of ALS five years ago when he tore ligaments in his left thumb while breaking up a scuffle at football practice. As an athlete and coach, Williams had experienced all the usual nagging pains that come with the game, but this time, the pain wouldn't go away. During the next 18 months, he began feeling numbness in both arms from his fingertips to his elbows. He also noticed that the muscles in his forearms were deteriorating.

Williams was worried. He thought it could be ALS, but he wasn't quite sure. He went to three doctors and got three different opinions. Then, in June of 2008, a team of doctors at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University confirmed ALS, an incurable disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and eventually breathe.

"The prognosis is 'when' ... as nobody has ever been cured of ALS," Williams said. "It's a matter of time. Some die within two to three years, some in five to 10 years, and some in 20. Now, I will be cured one day with Jesus Christ, and I believe that."

BE SURE TO WATCH JEREMY'S INSPIRATIONAL STORY ON EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION! See the Williams' family receive a new home from Palm Harbor and Nationwide Homes on Sunday, May 16, at 8/7 Central on ABC! Find out more on http://www.extremephn.com.

Facts about ALS:

ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and eventually breathe

Currently, no one knows what causes ALS, and there is no cure

Life expectancy is typically 2-5 years from the time of diagnosis

Most are diagnosed between ages of 40 and 70

The ALS Association of Georgia

The ALS Association of Georgia works with ALS patients and their families to ensure the highest quality of life possible.

The progression of ALS varies significantly from one patient to another. No matter the patient's situation, the ALS Association of Georgia is available to provide vital services and reliable information.

The ALS Association of Georgia
1955 Cliff Valley Way #116
Atlanta, GA 30329
Phone: (404) 636-9909
Fax: (404) 636-9949
E-Mail: info@alsaga.org


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