Last Sunday, Sherwood Island State Park hosted an ALS Walk. Among the thousands of participants, 70 formed a special team.
Dottie Kyle’s husband Bob is a 1964 graduate of Staples High School. She has ALS — Lou Gehrig’s Disease — and the “Go Dottie Go!” team came from around the country to support her.
David Knapp is a longtime friend of the Kyle family, who lives near them in North Carolina. On his way to Westport, he realized he had forgotten to raise any money for the event.
He quickly emailed some close friends. He promised that if he could raise $1,000 within the next 24 hours, he’d wear a tutu at the Walk.
He did, and he did. Here he is, with Dottie:
Dottie is no slouch either. Since August of last year, her ALS has progressed from her chest and throat muscles to her legs.
But she wanted to be involved with her support group, so on Sunday Bobby pushed her in a wheelchair.
Twenty feet from the finish line she raised herself out of her chair, grabbed the arms of her daughter Krissy and son Brian, and walked over the finish line.
They don’t call it the ALS “Walk” for nothing.