In support of the California ALS Association
“Matt is a great friend who, despite his illness, tries to do as many normal things possible,” says Kisner. “When I first met him, he was this robust kind of guy who was very active and liked to play sports. The disease hit him pretty hard and he can no longer use his arms, but Matt is a pretty creative guy. We have a common group of friends who visit Sonoma once a year and one of the things we do is play bocce ball. Matt came up with this modified shoe to play and now he beats all of us.”
ALS is a progressive neuro degenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain to cause muscle weakness and atrophy throughout the body. There is no known cause or cure. But that won’t stop Matt Chaney from living life to the fullest.
“I began playing golf with Ken four or five years ago and we share a quiet passion for creating gadgets. With the loss of my muscle and strength in my upper body, I was no longer able to swing a golf club but I had modified my putter and made a belly wedge so I could chip and putt,” Chaney recalled.
“One time Ken and a couple of other neighbors and I played in a local golf tournament. Ken surprised me with five pairs of Croc (shoe) knockoffs and five golf club heads sans shafts with a bolt welded to the backside of each club head. He had assembled each golf shoe by securing the bolt to the toe of each Croc. The idea was fantastic although the fairway boots didn’t have quite enough support for an assertive kick. The heads came off and went farther than the ball, but I have since modified Ken’s idea and still enjoy the game. By the way, we won that tournament.”
If you are looking for a cause to donate your time or money, know someone with ALS or just want to help, consider this event. For more information, visit http://web.alsa.org/site/TR?fr_id=8430&pg=entry.
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