John Martin ALS Fund
John Martin is a loving husband and father as well as a long-time videographer at The New England Sports Network, who was recently diagnosed with ALS. This devastating news has meant an early and unexpected retirement, plus a whole lot of uncertainty about the future.
Over his 19 years with NESN John often traveled with the Red Sox and Bruins. He was there in 2004 when the Sox finally broke that famous curse and he was in Vancouver when the Bruins won Game 7 to take home the Stanley Cup in 2011. If you ever watched a Bruins or Red Sox game, then you saw his work. He also shot dozens of episodes of Charlie Moore Outdoors and a series of top notch documentaries covering some of New England's greatest athletes and stories. And he was pretty good at what he did, winning 5 Emmy Awards for his work.
Through all the grueling travel and long nights, Johnny always had a smile on his face, the amazing ability to talk to- literally- everyone he came into contact with, and a wry sense of humor. Needless to say he made a lot of friends. He met and married the love of his life, Adrienne, and they have 2 beautiful daughters.
ALS is a terrible progressive neurodegenrative disease that ultimately robs the body of its ability to move, however, John's diagnosis has not dimmed his natural exuberance or zest for life. He is an inspiration to all of us. But with the future cloudy we, his friends, want to make sure that John and his family don't need to be concerned about money, now or in the future.
We humbly ask that you make any donation you can to help out. Think of his wife and 2 young daughters, think of one of your best friends fighting a cruel, debiltating disease, think of the great New England sports moments John helped bring into your home, or just do something nice for a truly good person.
The Friends of John P. Martin
It is hard to believe it is almost 2 months since John's passing. His memorial celebration was really amazing and John just received the Silver Circle award from the New England chapter of the Emmys for his 25 years in television. So the girls and I have been busy and are feeling very loved and supported even though some days are hard and overwhelming. BUT! We have been so very lucky to have all of you in our corner, on our team. Not just now but during this whole journey and moving forward. And for that we are eternally grateful.
What you guys have done to help us is the most beautiful thing that could have ever happened in this tragic situation. I know it gave John so much peace that the girls and I have this awesome community around us.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!!
Moving forward, I will be closing down this Go Fund Me at the end of this month (December 2018) and also creating something for all of us that honors John and our community in the New Year. So please stay in touch!
Here are a few ways to do so...
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Thank you all, you are forever in our hearts,
Adrienne, Kaia & Gabby
We want to wish you all a very happy holiday season and new year - may it be filled with many blessings and love.
You have all made the past year for US filled with blessings and love and for that we cannot thank you enough. It has been nothing short of miraculous. Thank you for helping us with all the things we have needed and for taking so much stress off our plates.
John is no longer walking but does have the use of his right arm & hand. He is doing okay overall and we have been lucky to have the help of CCALS (Compassionate Care ALS). They do amazing work & help folks like us navigate the ALS journey.
With them and all of you in our corner we have felt so lucky and not alone in this unfortunate situation and for that we are forever grateful.
Again we hope you have a wonderful holiday season and happy new year and thank you for all your love and support this past year.
Lots of love,
The Martin Family
John, Adrienne, Kaia & Gabby
We thought it was a good time for an update and to let you know how much your support continues to mean to us.
John is slowing down and while still mobile, he is finding it hard to walk longer distances and move around a lot. With my role as caregiver increasing, we feel so very, very lucky to have your support so I am able to stay home. It really feels unbelievable to us that we have you all in our corner, on our team and by our side. You all are just amazing.
We wanted to share with you some of the things we have been able to do (and will be doing) because of your support.
At the beginning of June, John and I took a short but super fun trip to San Francisco, one of John's favorite cities.
We enjoyed a trip to Cape Cod and Maine this month and our kids are able to enjoy a few extra weeks of camp!
We got John an adjustable bed and he is much more comfortable.
We are about to redo our bathroom so John is able to easily get in and out of the shower.
John continues to do a lot of alternative therapies which really help him, especially emotionally.
We cannot do any of these things without you guys and we just wanted to be sure you are not only kept updated but know how much we love you all and appreciate (beyond words) every single one of you.
Below are some photos including John helping coach his 30th year in South End Baseball. With the help of some awesome dads and alumni of the team, John was able to be a part of his yearly tradition he loves so. It was a truly amazing season.
So thank you friends and family, we love you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Adrienne, John, Kaia & Gabby
P.S. Feel free to share this update in your networks, we know people would like to be kept updated and this may not get to everyone. Thank you!
John. I know a doctor who can offer hope to you. This is not a hoax. He trained at the Mayo Clinic and has been a medical school professor. He advocates *proper testing of all ALS patients. Many have undetected/untreated Lyme. If *properly diagnosed, you can improve. Watch these videos. https://on-lyme.org/nl/investigators/research/miller
Hey John is me Carlos Osorio from the angels 23 years ago. When you get a chance call me I would love to speak to you