Sunday, May 20, 2007

The Real Heroes

While our boys played the Braves and took 2 out of 3 series...several wives of the players were out biking to raise money for a special cause: ALS Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Pictured in the photo above is Ashley Papelbon, Shonda Schilling, and Kelly Pedroia...Dawn Timlin also rode. They rode in the Positive Spin for ALS in Wayland, Ma., one of many events that Timlin and Schilling, players and wives, participate in. Shonda and Curt donate so much time and energy in raising money and awareness for this horrible disease. Shonda recruited Dawn right after Curt was signed on by the Sox...and this year she recruited two of the younger and newer players' wives, Papelbon and Pedroia.

I knew very little about this disease 3 years ago...but after my first trip to Spring Training and attending a charity event, Springing For a Cure, that raised monies for ALS...that changed. Curt has appeared at each dinner...whether it was for the entire dinner or just a few minutes. For those who didn't know, Mike Timlin's mother was taken by this disease.

My adopted lil brother in North Carolina thinks that I am SO obsessed with Tek's asset....SO although I know my beloved ThighMaster Tek played awesome today...and the boys took the game back...the real Heroes today were these wives...out peddling their hearts out to raise monies for those less fortunate than themselves.


HorshamScouse said...

Great post Tex and I could put up with more pics of Red Sox wives!:)

This level of involvement in charity work is almost unheard of in UK sport, either by the sportsmen themselves or their wives and partners.

Ted D said...

Your adopted little brother agrees with you Tex: this is great that the players wives take such an active role in charity. I know Shonda has always been that way, and it's great she is recruiting the youngsters better halves to join in.

I sincerely apologize for trying to drag your name through the dirt regarding Tek's assets. ;)

Tex said...

while I do admire tek's ASSet...I do believe in helping others.

Mattie said...

That is a horrible disease. I remember a guitar player named Jason Becker who developed it just as he was coming into his mid-twenties. He completely lost the ability to play guitar, and composed an album via computer.

Very cool thing for the wives to do!