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Team for Two
We dedicate this walk to two very influential people who a neuro-degenerative disease has affected.
Dan was the most active, caring, fun and life-giving person you could ever meet. Friends to so many and brother to Suzanne, Brian, Debbie and Mike. Dan was diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) in 2003. When he was diagnosed, finally after over a year of problems, he told me MSA was like ALS but it kills you faster. He was unfortunately right. His first symptoms were with walking and dizziness. They progressed into more severe issues of inability to talk well, swallow or walk. But that did not stop him for engaging in life as much as he could!. This picture was taken in 2005 during our last trip together to Alaska. He died later that year at the age of 50 (which is feeling younger all the time!) Dan is missed so much but his spirit lives on especially in his nephew and nieces, Danny, Annamarie and Catherine. And whenever we go to the Race or watch the Derby. Luigi!
Fr. Paul Koetter
Most of you know Fr. Paul as the amazing person and priest that he is. (I am sorry I do not have a good picture of his smiling face to add to this page.) Loving, caring, smiling and always there with a wise word when you need it. Fr. Paul baptized Annamarie Culp and married Debbie and Bill Thompson. Interestingly, during one of Dan's visits to Indy Fr. Paul provided Dan the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Fr. Paul has been diagnosed with ALS. This is tragic on many levels but to me the fact that it has affected his speech is so sad as Fr. Paul is one of the best homilist you have ever met. Fr. Paul was the pastor of our parish, St. Monica, for 12 years. It was such a blessing to grow in faith with his guidance.
Thank you for any support in time, donation or prayer in honor of these two fine men. Come walk if you want- socially distanced of course.
With love to all who suffer and are affected by these diseases. .