UPDATE: Sadly, on October 30, 2010, my friend Dan lost his courageous battle with ALS. God Speed Dano, you will be missed by many.
Posts like this are hard.
I met Dan Keitz many years ago when we both worked in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. I was immediately struck by three things: His sense of humor, his intelligence, and his huge heart.
Dan was a U.S. Navy Commander, a marathon runner, a semiconductor factory capacity modeler (and latte drinker), and is a fun-loving guy:
He’s also a family man, and a man of great faith.
And he has been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and CIDP (Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy).
Both of which are horrific, and ridiculously expensive, diseases.
Yet despite what he is facing, Dan remains strong in hope, spirit and faith.
I’ve set up a site at DanKeitz.com where anyone interested can help contribute to Dan’s medical expenses, learn more about ALS and CIDP and even leave Dan a message that his caretaker can share with him. I’m sure words of encouragement, even from complete strangers, will mean a lot to Dan.
I don’t like asking people for money. I know times are rough for many out there. But any contribution, no matter how small, adds up. And when you’re speaking to the man upstairs, please put in a good word for my friend Dan.
Here is a video Dan’s son Kendal made that shows some of what his father is going through. What an expression of a son’s love for his father this is. Keep a box of Kleenex handy”¦