David, Keri, Parker, and McKenzie Baskin (Source: Baskin family)
WHITEHOUSE, TX (KLTV) -
Whitehouse resident David Baskin was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, in May 2010 after showing symptoms for almost a year.
Two and a half years later, he depends on a wheelchair and 24/7 care from family and friends - and the community of Whitehouse is rallying around the family, hosting a walk in the family's honor on December 1 to raise money for equipment.
David Baskin says his doctors don't really tell him how he's doing, that Lou Gehrig's disease is different for each patient - but that he's doing "ok" even though his disease seems to be progressing quickly.
"It is a daily progression. What he could do yesterday or week before is weaker the next day," said his wife Keri.
Keri and David say their big medical expenses come as-needed, in the form of large equipment purchases - and friends like Whitehouse resident Karen Lively organized the upcoming "David's Day" walk to help.
"They are a very Godly family. They are service people - they serve God, they serve the community," said Lively. "She's a teacher and she is constantly giving, so everyone has noticed how much they have given to the community and so now we want to give back to them."
It's a gesture Keri and David say is humbling.
"It is incredible to think that not just dear friends but strangers, total strangers, that don't really know David or even myself, even though I'm a teacher in Whitehouse, that are willing to donate their time, just even their ears to listen to his story and what's going on," said Keri.
"It's pretty awesome. It makes me kind of wonder why - why they're doing that for me," said David.
David says his goal now is to make sure his family has everything they could possibly need.
"The old saying that you don't have anything if you don't have your health, well I kind of disagree with that," said David. "I've got God and my family, all my friends, and it's just, I mean, I've got everything that I need, so the hard part is for my wife and family."
Keri says they tell people they're "alright with a side of crazy" as they deal with a disease they say they're navigating second by second with God's help.
"David's Day" is Saturday, December 1 at Wildcat Stadium in Whitehouse.
The cost is $15 and the main event is a walk around the track. There's no competition, so you can walk as much or as little as you'd like.
There will also be a child's obstacle course, bounce houses, face painting, and other activities, and Mission Tyler will be on hand to announce how much has been raised for the Baskin family.
You can register early or donate to the family by going to First Class Design in Whitehouse or by sending a message to their David's Day Facebook page. You can also register for the walk on December 1 at 8:15 a.m. at Wildcat Stadium and eat donuts with the Baskin family.
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