|Charlie & Lucy Wedemeyer
Born in Hawaii, the youngest of nine, Charlie’s outstanding athletic talents earned him a football scholarship to Michigan State University. Chosen to the East-West Shrine Classic and the Hula Bowl, Charlie was named "Prep Player of the Decade" in the state of Hawaii. Charlie and Lucy, high-school sweethearts, were married and moved to Los Gatos, California, where Charlie eventually taught and coached at Los Gatos High School. At the age of 30, Charlie began experiencing the symptoms of ALS, and when diagnosed with the terminal illness, he given one to three years to live. Against tremendous odds, Charlie has survived and still coaches football on the junior varsity level at Los Gatos High today. Although he is on 24-hour life support and can only move his facial muscles, his spirit is indomitable. He and Lucy travel the world speaking (with Lucy reading Charlie’s lips) to share, often humorously, their moving story of hope, faith, inspiration and commitment.
Theirs is a classic drama of love and courage that will make you laugh, and cry. It will make you think. And it will change the way you look at life.
Charlie Wedemeyer Family Outreach
Founded in 1993, the Charlie Wedemeyer Family Outreach is a Christian nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight ALS. Birthed out of the Wedemeyers’ personal struggles in dealing with this terrible illness, the goal of CWFO is to offer hope to other ALS patients and their families by raising funds, by increasing awareness, and by way of example. CWFO is also committed to motivate youth to reach their full potential.
By Way of Example
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