Our Memory ALS Walk for Brian Patelski - Brian's Lions
We now do this for Brian, for him, simply because we all know that he would want us to continue our efforts and support for ALS. I have no intention of letting him down. ~ Nicole L. Brown
Brian Christopher Patelski, age 48, of Lewisville, Texas (formerly of Bridgeport, Michigan) completed his hard fought journey with ALS, Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Medical City Lewisville. His passing, although devastating for us, was a peaceful one for him, without outward signs of pain or struggle. His wonderful wife April and his five amazing children Keely, Audrey, Hayden, Grayson, & Camden were with him by his bedside, along with close friends Ted & Trina Mattson, and Todd & Nicole Brown.
On Saturday, May 11th, Brian experienced complications with pneumonia which are simply just too difficult for someone battling ALS to control and bounce back from. He fought his battle against ALS for just over a year with countless friends and family walking with him by his side. They were his voice when he could not speak and his arms when he was just too weak. Throughout his entire journey he was never alone. Thank you to everyone who supported Brian and his family, and to those who continue to support Brian and his family.
Brian was born March 11, 1971, in Saginaw, Michigan, to Gary and Arlene (Muzer) Patelski. Brian grew up with a love of sports, in particular his love for Detroit Lions football, and later developing a love for the University of Michigan Wolverines, which he often enjoyed with his neighborhood buddy Ted Mattson. On September 11, 1999 he married the love of his life, April Marie Cooney, and together, they began a wonderful family of their own. For almost 25 years Brian dedicated his expertise to the IBM Corporation working in Lansing, Michigan, Marietta, Georgia, and finally moving to the Coppell, Texas office in 1999. Brian loved to be active, enjoying running, cycling, and strength training with his family and friends at Lifetime Fitness in Flower Mound. Brian’s love for sports led him to coach his son Hayden’s basketball team at the local YMCA with his buddy Todd Brown and football team through i9 Sports with his buddy Roger Bentheimer. “Football is a direct reflection of life. There are wins, there are losses; you get knocked down, you get back up.” ~ Chris Spielman, Detroit Lions Middle Linebacker.
Brian is survived by his loving wife; his five beautiful children Keely, Audrey, Hayden, Grayson, and Camden; his parents; father-in-law Tom (Lyn) Cooney; mother-in-law Donna Cooney; sisters Annette (Don) Fruge, Tanya (Jeff) Moore, and Missy (Eric) Stantz and sister-in-laws Jessica and Zoe Cooney; many nieces and nephews, and cats Daisy and Toasty.
Brian touched so many hearts during his short time here with us. We are all truly blessed to have shared time with such a wonderful man. We walk for Brian.
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Why We Need Your Help
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of a person with ALS averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.
Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
ALS can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease, yet it still costs loved ones an average of $250,000 a year to provide the care people living with ALS and their families need. Join the movement to provide help and hope today!