A fundraising event for Bill's Backers, the team that participates in the Walk to Defeat ALS on behalf of the Rev. William Croy, is scheduled next week at the Clintonville Jersey Mike's, 4249 N. High St.
Thirty percent of every check at the sub restaurant will go to Bill's Backers on sales between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 19-20.
From 2002 to 2010, Croy was the minister at Maple Grove United Methodist Church, 7 W. Henderson Road. He was forced to take medical leave in October 2010 after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Adam and Jen Share, owners of the Clintonville Jersey Mike's franchise, held a similar fundraiser last year for Croy, who had been a regular patron, and in honor of James Douglas Share, an uncle of Adam's who died from ALS in October 1993.
The 2013 Walk to Defeat ALS will be held Sunday, Sept. 29, at Fred Beekman Park on the campus of Ohio State University. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and the walk is at 11.
"This is the third year a team of my family and friends, Bill's Backers, will participate as we do what we can to combat this challenging disease," Croy wrote on his page at the Central and Southern Ohio ALS Association Chapter website. "The walk raises funds to support the ... chapter as it provides support for those of us living with the realities of the disease and needed research."
Croy also blogs about his struggles with the disease at wcroy22.blogspot.ca.
In their first two years, the participants in Bill's Backers have raised more than $64,000.
ALS is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages two to five years from the time of diagnosis.
"Every 90 minutes, a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes, another person will lose their battle against this disease," Croy wrote on his ALS association page. "ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries."
More information is available, and online donations to the team may be made, at web.alsa.org/goto/billsbackers.