Lou Gehrig Day 2024 with the Kansas City Royals

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Live Like Lou, along with Phi Delta Theta and the Permobil Foundation, hosted a special on-field presentation ahead of the Royals' Lou Gehrig Day celebration to surprise a local ALS hero with a power wheelchair. Past recipients of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, George Brett and Salvador Perez from the Kansas City Royals, also joined all three groups for the on-field presentation.

The Fitzpatrick family with representatives from Live Like Lou, Phi Delta Theta, and the Permobil Foundation.

Bill Fitzpatrick is a proud Kansas City native and avid Royals fan. An entrepreneur at heart, Bill has owned and operated two businesses during his professional career. He loves watching NASCAR races and has found great fulfillment for over two decades through volunteer service at his church. Alongside his wife Marcy, Bill’s greatest joy lies in being a devoted family man, relishing every moment with his beloved grandchildren and crafting cherished memories together. Joining the Fitzpatrick family on the field are representatives from Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, the Live Like Lou Foundation, and the Permobil Foundation, as well as past recipients of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, George Brett and Salvador Perez from your Kansas City Royals!

Bill Fitzpatrick with his new Royals-branded power wheelchair.
Live Like Lou board treasurer Greyson Geiler, left, and Jeff Lyster, right, posing for a photo at Kauffman Stadium.

Jeff Lyster, a friend of Live Like Lou, ended his nine-week adventure at Kauffman Stadium. He ran 444 miles across Kansas (yes, you read that right!) to raise awareness and money for a few organizations, including Live Like Lou! Jeff recognized there's more to life than just himself and wanted to impact others in a memorable way.

But why? A few years ago, Jeff attended a Phi Delta Theta Fraternity alumni social gathering and met Greyson Geiler, Live Like Lou's board treasurer and someone Jeff now considers a great friend. As the usual networking conversation evolved, it eventually led to the crazy idea of running across the state of Kansas. A quick Google search revealed the total mileage was 444 miles, and Greyson remarked, "You remember that Lou Gehrig's jersey number was four? We have to figure out how to make this run happen." Unaware at the time that Greyson was a trustee with the Live Like Lou Foundation, Jeff has since been able to make this crazy dream of his move forward with Greyson's support. Way to go, Jeff!

Live Like Lou is so appreciative of our community and supporters who were in attendance to help us leave ALS better than we found it!

Together, we can make a difference while honoring Lou Gehrig’s legacy. Here are ways you can help! 

  • Volunteer to serve a family impacted by ALS through our Connect and Serve Program
  • Donate today. Your gift of any amount will help Live Like Lou provide grants for respite and home improvement and financial assistance for ALS individual’s dependents. 
  • Has your family been impacted by ALS? Register for Services.
  • Join Lou's Crew today! Inspired by the crew that wrapped their arms around Lou Gehrig and supported him upon receiving his fatal ALS diagnosis; you too can join the team to promote ALS awareness, raise money for ALS research, and leave ALS better than we found it. Raise $444 during the calendar year and earn a well-deserved spot as a proud member of Lou's Crew. Are you up for the challenge?
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