Please Help This ALS Warrior, Derek

For: Derek Brennan
Pasadena, MD
Organizer: Nicki Lane and Roxanne Regiec Torres
Please Help This ALS Warrior, Derek (Derek Brennan)
$3,385
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 51 donors
16% Complete

The Story

To know him, is to love him…”Derek’s story”.

At the end of October 2016, Derek was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). He first noticed something was wrong when he developed a speech impediment. Like many people living with ALS, Derek’s symptoms could be explained away. Finally, after having an MRI and testing to include/exclude other diagnoses, Derek received his ALS diagnosis.  Derek is only 29 years old, and has a beautiful, young family.  In June 2016, Derek married the love of his life (and the one that keeps him in line!), Christina.  Together Christina and Derek have a 7 year old Son, Aiden. Derek and Christina had planned the normal life plan…purchase a house, have more children and live happily-ever-after.  Being diagnosed with ALS has altered, and will continue to alter, Derek and Christina’s goals.  They are now facing, with grace and strength, a heinous monster.  

Derek loves his job as a Home Improvement Specialist (which he likes to call himself), and works very hard to provide for his family.  Derek and Christina’s families would like to raise money to send them on the honeymoon they never had, and also a trip for Derek, Christina and Aiden.  Because of the progressive nature of ALS, we would love to be able to make these trips happen as soon as possible.  The money raised will also cover co-pays, procedures/medicines and durable medical equipment, not covered by insurance. We would love to raise enough money for a lift-van, as this would make trips to the grocery store, etc. much easier. It is also very important that we raise money for Aiden’s college fund, so Derek and Christina do not have to worry.

Derek does not know how long he will be able to work, and being a proud man, it hurts him that the financial burden will fall on Christina. The families have started doing fundraisers, selling bracelets, t shirts and reaching out to organizations that are willing to help. We are hoping to earn money so when the time does come, his wife will not have to worry about what the insurance will and will not cover, and be able to take care of herself, husband and son and focus on what is important...making memories with Derek. The family would like to thank anyone who donates money ahead of time. Let’s hope they find a cure for ALS, so no more families have to endure this pain!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 10, 2017

Posted on March 10, 2017

Hello Everyone,
We want to start off by thanking everyone for their donations and prayers. The love and support we have gotten we can not put into words. Although Derek still remains his goofy self, he is experiencing the progressive symptoms of ALS. February 28th Derek went to his appointment at JHH ALS clinic. His lung capacity is at 50%,  the doctor said that they want Derek to start wearing a bipap machine at night to give his lungs a break. Derek has also began to have a heavy foot so they recommended him to start wearing bilateral afo's to help with his walking. As mentioned in the last update, Derek, Christina and Aiden are going to Punta Cana Nickelodeon resort in May. We can only pray ALS will not progress to much by than and he will be able to have his family trip that we have planned for them. Our prayers go out to all other ALS patients, and we hope to find a cure for ALS in 2017. ScrewALS

Posted on January 21, 2017

Posted on January 21, 2017

Hello everyone, we had our first fundraiser on January 9th. We are very grateful for everyone who came out, donated and is keeping Derek in their prayers. Thanks to everyone's support and donations we are excited to let everyone know that Derek, Christina and Aiden have booked their family trip in May to go to the Nickelodeon Resort Punta Cana.Derek has and appointment on Monday and hope to give an update next week ! Thank you everyone who has donated/shared this story. ScrewALS

Posted on December 27, 2016

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Posted on December 27, 2016

Happy holidays to all! "Team Brennan" would like to thank everyone for their continued support.  We have received donations from family, friends (both old and new!), coworkers and people we have never met.  O. J. Brigance even took the time to email Derek...and his "Brigance Brigade" was kind enough to send Derek O. J.'s book!  We have also been touched by the people who have reached out  to share their personal tales of living with ALS, and those who have shared the stories of friends/family members lost to ALS.
Derek and Christina hosted a wonderful Christmas dinner (even if Derek didn't thaw the bird enough...and I'm not even going to mention the oven fiasco!).  Aiden was thrilled to receive a brand new bicycle, although he says he has trouble on the turns!
Derek's health is holding steady...he is maintaining his weight, as Christina stays on him to drink his shakes, take his medication and be mindful of his caloric intake.  At times, Derek struggles to swallow...but he is learning how to adjust his eating/drinking habits with the manifestations of ALS.
We will continue to update you on Derek, Christina & Aiden.  Please continue to share this post, and please contact one of the moderators if you are willing/able to help in other ways.
With all of our hearts....we HATE ALS!!!!
With all our hearts.......we LOVE & appreciate all of you!!!  (or as Derek says "YOUS"!!!)
Thank you,
Team Brennan

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