Help us raise money to find a cure for ALS!
|Date:||Saturday, September 26, 2020|
Anne O’Brien and Sharon Ratta met through their experience with having dear ones with ALS. Sharon’s only son Jim died from ALS when he was 43, three years before meeting Keith and Anne. Jim was an avid outdoorsman and loved to snowmobile and be in the woods.
Keith was Anne’s soul mate, a wonderful father and step father, and a deeply respected financial advisor to many.
Anne’s daughter Becca introduced Sharon to Keith & Anne and she became a dear friend. We shared time and stories throughout Keith’s ALS diagnosis and his death.
In 2019, just a few weeks after Keith’s death, during the annual ALS walk, Sharon and Anne made a pact to do something fun in 2020 to raise money for the ALS walk. We were planning something like perhaps horseshoes and corn hole tournaments, then Covid 19 hit.
With Covid in the way we had to get creative and one day Sharon found this very old jar of beans in her husband’s mothers barn. The beans apparently had been there for years in an old Hellman’s Real Mayonnaise one-gallon jar. Hmmmm, Sharon texted Anne “maybe we could have a virtual guess the number of beans in the jar,” donate to ALS, and IF you get exactly the right number of beans, you could win a prize!” So, we are doing it!!
About Keith Hunter Frantz
December 4, 1951- September 10, 2019
Died age 67
Keith loved people, food, and exploring new places whether hiking, kayaking or traveling. He enjoyed and followed football and took his fantasy football picks very seriously! He followed the Tour De France through every stage and played poker with his dear friends in the Adirondacks regularly for many years. Some of his favorite foods included beer, sausage and dark chocolate peanut clusters! Keith was an avid reader who especially found page turner mysteries the way to go when traveling and spending time in the air or airport. He also loved the music of so many artists including PHISH, John Prine, Bonnie Rait, and Jack Johnson.
Keith loved his children and grandchildren beyond measure and would do anything for them. He was a kind and gentle man who had favorite sayings which we now appreciate more than ever. “Patience is the tool of the master” and “You can’t always get what you want” and “I love you soooooooooo much” will stay with us forever.
He was an extraordinary soulmate and teacher and we miss him dearly.
About James A. Sanborn
July 27, 1973-August 25, 2016
Died age 43
Jim loved the winter and especially enjoyed snowmobiling with his family and friends. He liked hunting, fishing and sitting around the campfire listening to the radio while watching for UFO’s! He so enjoyed camping and 4- wheeling too. One thing he was famous for was making s’mores with Reese’s peanut butter cups they were delicious! He worked at Northend Hardwoods in Lyndonville for over 20 years. He was a fan of the Montreal Canadiens and followed the Little League World Series. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
Jim did demonstrations at the Tunbridge Fair on Pump Log Boring. Over 150 years ago water lines were created by boring a 1 ¼” hole through the center of a balsam fir or cedar log. This was a historical process that was passed down for years to keep the history alive. Everything was done by hand, there were NO power tools. The water ran constantly swelling the connections so there were no leaks. This water could not be shut off. These pump logs would last for 50-75 years or longer if buried in wet ground. The love of Jim’s life, Carol Allen was in that family line that passed down this knowledge for 5 generations.
He was a wonderful son and friend and we miss him deeply.
Seem pretty clear to us that Keith and Jim would have enjoyed a campfire and a beer together talking about pump log boring!
Jim and Keith have brought us together and now we are asking you to support research to fight ALS and find a key to a cure! Please join us and contribute as much as you are able to support our team’s ALS virtual walk 2020 by donating to any team member (http://web.alsa.org/goto/SippinSunshine), and then make a guess on our bean counting game (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JG523T6)! Follow the link to submit your guess in along with your name and contact information. The person who guesses the exact number of beans in the jar will win $50 and the next 2 closest guesses without going over will receive a gift box with some of Jim’s and Keith’s favorite goodies in it as the prize!
We figure Keith being a CPA aka “Bean Counter” he’s think this was a great idea! He would want us to be exact, to the penny, or in this case to the bean🤓.