Sunday, March 2, 2008

Support Fund for Bob Beshara

Bob is Bill Beshara's (DHS55) and Sandy Gravelle Beshara's (DHS57) son.

Bob is diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease," it is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually lead to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.The Beshara family is raising money to build a ground floor addition on Bob's home to accommodate his handicap care and to provide a handicap van so he can get around.

If you would like to contribute or contact the Beshara's see Bob's web site . The web site has some neat pictures and more will be added.While attending the 2007 All DHS Reunion I met Bob for the first time. Bob has a marvelous sense of humor and we were all laughing. I took the following pictures in Bill's office in Rapid City and a few days later Bob was diagnosed with ALS.


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