The Augusta Chronicle: ALS walk benefits clinic, patients

ALS has a face. Sissy Garrett sees it every day when she looks at her husband Dewayne, who took time during an appointment at the Augusta University ALS Clinic to talk about how this neurodegenerative disease has impacted him and his family.

The former deputy with the Augusta-Richmond County Sherriff’s Office told The Augusta Chronicle that he had to take early retirement from Potash Corp. after he was diagnosed with ALS in 2013. Dewayne Garrett said he missed being able to go fishing, one of his favorite pastimes, since muscular atrophy robbed him of the use of his arms.

The Garretts were unable to attend the annual Beat Feet for ALS Walk this year as they were supporting their son, Tyler, at his white coat ceremony. The Garretts said that Tyler Garrett was influenced in part by his dad’s disease to pursue respiratory therapy at the College of Allied Health Sciences.

The Augusta Chronicle: ALS walk benefits clinic, patients
Sept. 24, 2016

 

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Denise Parrish is Senior Media Relations Coordinator at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-721-9566 or mparrish@augusta.edu.

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