Craig Mackey – ALS Fighter

Craig Mackey

Craig was born in the small town of Nyssa, Oregon in 1952. He was the youngest of three children, and shortly after he was born, his family moved to Yerington, Nevada to run a laundromat. Craig loved to play sports and played baseball, basketball and football all through high school. His favorite sport was football, and he was captain of the football team his senior year when Yerington High School won the state championship.

 

After high school, Craig moved to Reno, Nevada and attended the University of Nevada Reno where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. During his freshman year, Craig met the love of his life, Teresa. They married two and a half years later and had three beautiful children, Jenna, Alex and Janna. His children were his finest accomplishment. He so treasured being a father.

 

Craig ran his own CPA firm in Las Vegas for a number of years and then merged with Kafoury Armstrong and Co. CPA’s. He was a managing partner in the Las Vegas office until he was diagnosed with ALS in 2006.

 

Before his diagnosis, Craig loved to golf and travel with his beautiful wife. They had so many adventures together and shared countless memories of beautiful golf courses and new cities. He also belonged to the Bass Fisherman’s Club for 14 years. He would spend on Saturday each month fishing in various parts of Lake Mead. He was best known for the box sandwiches he would bring on these trips and everybody wanted to partner with him!

 

Most importantly, Craig loved his family and cherished them more than anything. He always put them first and worked so hard to provide the best for them.

 

Craig lost his battle with ALS in July of 2008, just two short years after his diagnosis. He was survived by his wife, Teresa, his son, Alex, and his daughter, Janna. He left this world before his two beautiful grandchildren, Jackson Craig and Makayla Mae, were born. While he’s not physically here with us anymore, we know he watches over us every single day and shares all of our experiences.

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Doug Clough – ALS Fighter

Doug Clough

Doug Clough is 55 years old, originally from Atlanta, Georgia and Bethesda, Maryland, and now resides in Gilbert, Arizona. He loves baseball and played from age four all the way to college.

 

Doug was diagnosed with ALS on April 8, 2014. Even though he currently knows there is no cure for ALS, he believes there is hope and promise. Advances are happening every single day, and he works hard to advocate for ALS. He’s gone to Capitol Hill twice to petition in favor of laws concerning ALS. He and his wife, Karen, were selected at NEALS to train as Research Ambassadors. He is also going to a national conference in December for the ALS National Registry to encourage patients to register and have data collected.

 

Doug also speaks to various groups to spread awareness about ALS, and he loves meeting with other people who are also living with ALS. Currently, Doug participates in a clinical drug trial that has him very excited and optimistic about the future of research and the development of treatments and potential cures that are in the pipeline.

 

In the summers of 2016, Doug was asked to read part of Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man Alive” speech at the ALS/MDA night at the Arizona Diamondbacks game. To top things off, he was invited back to throw out the first pitch before the D-backs game this year for the annual ALS Awareness Night.

 

Doug’s most treasured award is the Iron Horse award that was given to him this year for his dedication to work with other ALS patients and their family members. He finds hope and comfort through his faith and is supported by his wonderful wife, three kids, seven grandkids, his mom, his sister, and Karen’s family, friends, and, of course, other ALS fighters and those who work to help them.

 

Doug’s tagline for life has served him well in his fight against ALS…

Love Life, LIVE LIFE

 

Buzz Haws – ALS Fighter

“I never made a lot of money, I’m not famous, and I’m not a baseball player… The only thing we have in common is that I have his disease.”

As a young boy, Buzz Haws enjoyed following Lou Gehrig’s professional baseball career with the New York Yankees, and his admiration for the legendary first baseman went well beyond the baseball diamond. Buzz always looked up to Gehrig saying, “he was a kind man and a family man.”

On November 17, 1999, Buzz and his wife Annamarie sat in a doctor’s office, waiting to hear the results of some tests that had been run earlier in the day. As the doctor entered the room, Annamarie looked at him and said, “This is our 52nd wedding anniversary, and I hope you have good news for us.” The doctor’s response changed their lives forever, “Buzz has Lou Gehrig’s disease and it is fatal.”

While the diagnosis helped explain his increased fatigue, it also brought a lot of questions, fear and uncertainty to the whole family. The next nine months were filled with various tests and medical procedures, numerous trips from the White Mountains to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, and countless prayers on Buzz’s behalf. Wheelchair ramps were added to the house, safety bars installed in the bathrooms, oxygen machines positioned around the home, and a hospital-style bed was brought in to help him feel more comfortable. Simple tasks like bathing, getting dressed, eating meals, and even breathing, became increasingly more difficult and wore him out.

Buzz’s battle with ALS also included many visits from friends and neighbors. He loved playing Scrabble with his kids and grandkids. Some visits were short and some lasted hours, but Buzz cherished every single moment. Nearly every person who stopped by the house expressed gratitude for him and his many acts of service. Whether it was the freshly-picked veggies he delivered to a sick friend’s home or the early morning irrigation route he would handle for the elderly neighbor down the street, all were grateful for his generosity and kindness. Always one to serve and help others, life with ALS frustrated Buzz because he now needed so much care and attention.

When Buzz was diagnosed, the doctor said he would probably live another 2-5 years. Buzz and Annamarie never got the chance to celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary. The disease moved quickly through his body, and he passed away nine months after diagnosis.

Just as Buzz described Lou Gehrig as “a kind man and a family man,” the same can be said about my grandpa. He was kind to everyone, he enjoyed helping others, and he loved his family in countless ways.

I was only 13 when Grandpa Haws passed away, and while there wasn’t much I could do to help at such a young age, I’ve now started Tossin’ Away ALS in his honor. Our annual cornhole tournament is a fitting way to bring friends, families, and strangers together and help families currently fighting this debilitating disease. Please join the fight against ALS and help make a difference in the lives of these wonderful families.

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