Gary's Walk to Defeat ALS Fund

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Raised by 124 people in 56 months
Just last summer (2013) Gary was feeling the first signs of ALS but we wouldnt know what to call it until December 20th.  A life changing day.  We though we had years left but it turns out we had months.  At least we had this time.
-------------Obituary posted on April 26, 2014--------------------
Gary Crook, 44, of Louisville passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Hosparus of Louisville Inpatient unit at Norton Medical Pavilion from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) with his wife by his side. He was born in Dearborn, MI., and was an Artist and Professor. He earned his undergraduate degree at New Mexico University in 1993 and his Masters Degree at Vermont College in 2004.

2013 was a life changing year, for just last summer Gary was hiking with his family (Dylan, Jordan, and wife Karen) and in December he was diagnosed with ALS. He has influenced aspiring artists over the years teaching at various colleges and schools leaving his mark with inspiration of design. He has touched so many people with his works.

He was a great husband, father, son, brother, and friend. Gary chose a life where he could work from home so he could spend more time with his family. He has been married for 18 years to his wife during which they strived to keep a tight knit family and at the same time run a small gift store on Frankfort Avenue (Lexie's Trading Post).

Besides his wife and children, Gary is survived by his mother, Grace Crook and sisters, Kristy Brazell, Kris Cirone, Kimberly Kilpatrick and his brother Jeff Crook; Gary Griswold and numerous other family members.

A Celebration of Life was held Monday, April 28, 2014 at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street, Louisville, Kentucky. 

Thank You for your time reading about Gary and the consideration in donating. Any donation will be greatly appreciated.

Photo below: A Dogwood tree was planted on April 25, 2014 in Gary's Memory.  Location: Big Rock Park , Louisville, KY

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I have had someone ask me about the change on Gary's ALS page 2 weeks ago, so here is more info.

Since Gary has passed away and medical bills have been paid the money raised now will go towards Gary's Walk to Defeat ALS Team. The Louisville Walk is every May but there are walks in every major city. Cincinnati's walk is coming up at the end of September.

"This Walk is more than just a few-mile trek, the Walk to Defeat ALS® is an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, to raise money for a cure, and to come together for something you care about. The Walk to Defeat ALS® is The ALS Association’s biggest annual event, which raises funds that allow our local chapters to sustain care services and support research for much of the next year."

*this statement was before the Ice Bucket Challenge which has now raised over $100 million and has been the biggest and greatest fundraiser for ALS. The Crook Family will be walking in May, so your donation will support the Kentucky Chapter for ALS.
ALS Walk 2014
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Thank You for the continued support to Gary's fund but since he passed away April 2014 the funds collected here will support his "Gary Crook, Fighting Artist" team in the Walk to Defeat ALS.
Again, Thank You for caring.
Karen, Dylan & Jordan Crook
Karen & Kids at The Walk 2014
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A wonderful man was celebrated yesterday. A Big THANK YOU to all who attended and have contributed to Gary's ALS Fund.

Gary will always be remembered and even more than ever. He was selected as a Representative for the ALS Association to get the reason he was denied social security removed. His profile will be presented in May in Washington D.C. It is a shame for someone who has worked since 1984 (minus 4 years with children) not to be awarded disability and medicare. Ill keep you posted.

Oh, the rule: You must have 5 out of the last 10 years paid into the system. Gary was the main child care giver when our children were little and he worked for different colleges as an adjunct professor. Our small business expenses offset paying a few years into the system with the economy being down so he was denied.
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We will be having a Celebration of Life for Gary on Monday April 28th at 4:00pm at The Clifton Center in the Theater (a room Gary truly Loved). Family and all friends (casual, business or store related) are welcomed to join us in the celebration of Gary's life. There will be a slide show, music, open mic to tell funny stories, a What Will I Miss the Most Board, photos, artwork, appetizers and of course home brew for that last beer with Gary.
Warning-- this is a casual affair, so no suits ans ties. If you knew Gary, then this doesn't shock you. The last time I saw Gary in a suit was at our wedding in 1997! I have a picture so I can prove it.
Come laugh and shed a few tears while we say our final Good Byes.
An obituary will be posted in Saturday's paper but here is a link to see it at the funeral home: http://www.chapmanfuneralhome.net/obits/obituary.php?id=465562
To all....We are having to wait a few extra days with today being Good Friday and the Holiday weekend. They (funeral home) couldn't promise to have him back until the middle to end of next week, so we opted for the following Monday to give people time.
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Jerry McCombs
56 months ago

Just a note from Karen's mom to everyone who has donated: Thank you so much for your donation, kind words and out pouring of love. The family is truly grateful for the help. We are all at a loss for words that can express our appreciation for your consideration. Thank You...and God Bless You...

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48 months ago
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Emma Marsh
48 months ago

I'm so sorry for your family's loss. Instead of donating to the ALS foundation for the ice bucket challenge I'd like to contribute to Gary's Walk for ALS. Wishing your family all the best and lots of love from Kentucky.

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52 months ago
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Barbara Cirone
52 months ago

With prayers and sympathy to Gary's family.

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52 months ago
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patricia cirone
52 months ago

My deepest sympathy to Kris Cirone and the family of Gary Crook.

Jerry McCombs
56 months ago

Just a note from Karen's mom to everyone who has donated: Thank you so much for your donation, kind words and out pouring of love. The family is truly grateful for the help. We are all at a loss for words that can express our appreciation for your consideration. Thank You...and God Bless You...

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