AU SABLE FORKS - Family and friends of one Au Sable Forks native are hoping to help him strike out a debilitating disease.
Jeff Brown is an alumnus of AuSable Valley Central School where he was known as an outstanding three-sport athlete, having lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He was also a talented musician, having played drums in the AVCS Jazz Band.
Son of Joan and Orville "Snooky" Brown, he now resides in New Jersey with his wife, Janet, and children Alyssa, Maya, and Evan, but his hometown is still rushing to his aid.
Brown was recently diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, a degenerative neurological disease that interferes with walking, speaking, and other activities of daily life.
The disease has no known cure and is often terminal, but adaptive devices are available to help ALS patients remain as independent as possible in their daily activities, but the cost of such equipment is high.
Family and friends are rallying together to host a fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 20 at American Legion Post 504 in Au Sable Forks beginning at 2 p.m. The money raised will help Brown and his family defray the cost of a handicap van and elevator or chair lift for their home.
In reference to Brown's musical prowess on the drums, following in the footsteps of his father, Snooky, the event will be a concert entitled "Bands Rock 4 Brown" and will feature several local bands. Entertainers include Nite Train, Stone Man Blues Band, Flash Back, Speedy Arnold, Susan Richards and many more.
A light show will be presented by Derwin Crawford and the sound system will be provided by Jim Cushman Studios of Lake Placid and operated by sound engineer Craig Walton of Au Sable Forks.
Refreshments will be available for sale at the concert, including Art and Ida's Famous "Village Inn" Michigans. Take outs are available, even for those without tickets. Call 817-9747 beginning 2 p.m. Feb. 20.