This Sunday, thousands of people throughout the region will gather at Citizen’s Bank Park to fight ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. I sat down with Roger Kirk who shares his story about battling the life threatening disease and how the ALS walk gives him hope.
Roger Kirk truly loves his family—they’re the reason Kirk wears a huge smile across his face, despite having difficulty with his speech as result of battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease, also known as ALS.
Kirk tells us the reason he is able to get through Lou Gehrig’s Disease is his grandson, Johnny, who he says, lights up his world. Even with his difficulty speaking, Kirk says his grandson can fully understand what he is trying to say. Roger says he does not think their strong bond will change anytime soon.
Roger Kirk was diagnosed with ALS in May and since then, his family has been active with the ALS Association. This Sunday, Roger, his family and of course his grandson Johnny are all gearing up for the walk to defeat ALS. The Kirk’s will be sporting T-shirts that say, “Kirkin’ It” in support of Roger. So far, the family has raised more than $50,000 for ALS.
You too can help with the fight against ALS and support Roger Kirk’s team by going to GreaterPhiladelphiaWalk.org and typing in “Team Kirkin It” to donate.