One local man is battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. ALS is a disease that leads to muscle weakness, paralysis and eventually death.
When you ask Dan Keenan what's important to him he says the three F's: faith, family and friends.
"My favorite thing to do is have my family. I've got two boys, two daughter-in-laws, a wife and a granddaughter," said Keenan.
Dan's older brother, Tom Keenan, is just one family member who helps out Dan. "Dan's been the humorous one in the family; he's always been positive," said Tom.
Throughout his life other things were important to him, too. However, ALS took his ability to do them away.
"ALS is a cruel, cruel disease. ALS comes in several different forms; he lost his hands first," Tom said.
As Dan's disease progressed, getting around became more difficult.
Tom said, "He was going to the air show and rented a van. Because of his height, he rode with his face looking at the ceiling the whole way because it wasn't high enough."
Dan had an idea. He wanted to purchase a van that would help him and others down the line.
"It means the difference between going somewhere and not going at all. It's a short-term disease. We figured there was a real good chance we could help up to 10 different families with it," said Dan.
"Individuals of this community, and I can't name them because I wouldn't be able to get them all, but everyone has just jumped forward to help us," said Tom.
While ALS can take a lot from a person, it's powerless in taking away faith, family and friendships.
The Keenans do need more help to finish paying for the van and for upkeep of the van for future families.
A silent auction will be held Nov. 3 at the Crossroads United Methodist Church.
For more on this fundraiser and future events, visit Dan's website:www.keenanvan.com