CORNELIUS – September 22, 2009 - Aquesta Bank is hosting a 5K Walk/Fun Run for Dennis Coogle, owner of PostNet in Jetton Village, to support research into ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Coogle was diagnosed with ALS a year ago, and is asking supporters to help him raise money for ALS research to help others suffering with the same disease.
Aquesta Bank, working with the ALS Therapy Development Institute, has taken the lead in the fundraising event called “Help Dennis Walk.” The community bank and Coogle’s friends are looking for area business sponsors and runners and walkers to help raise money for ALS research. The race, which will be held Saturday, October 10 at 8:30 AM will begin at Aquesta Bank, route through Jetton Park and end in Jetton Village. (Participant entry fee is $20 and can be purchased at Aquesta. $10 for children under 12 years old).
Coogle has owned and operated PostNet in Jetton Village for 11 years. In a letter to friends, he explained that ALS, which stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
“ALS can strike anyone,” Coogle wrote. “Without warning, it happens to 15 people each day in the United States. This disease slowly takes away the ability to move, speak, swallow and, ultimately, breathe. Without funding (for research), this disease will continue to claim over 30,000 husbands, wives, sons and daughters. I am reaching out to our community to help me raise awareness and funds to fight ALS.”
Aquesta Bank also will host a business casual Pre-Event Gala & Fundraiser the evening of October 8th to kick off the “Help Dennis Walk” event and raise additional funds to offset Dennis’s medical expenses. Tickets to the fundraiser are $25 and can be purchased in advance at Aquesta Bank.
Two of Aquesta’s business customers, Pruitt Construction and ServePro of Charlotte also donated materials and labor to upfit the Coogles house to make it handicap accessible.
Coogle said he and his wife, Sherry, have been overwhelmed by the support they have already received. “It is now my turn to give back and help others struggling with this horrible disease,” Coogle wrote. “On behalf of my family and other families battling ALS, we hope you will consider joining us in our fight.”
For more information, visit the website www.helpdenniswalk.com or call Lauren Furcht at Aquesta Bank 704-439-4335.