Kevin Turner and the Upcoming Golf Tournament

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This upcoming Monday, 06/14/2021, EXIT River Rock Realty will be supporting and playing in the Kevin Turner Golf Tournament at Robert Trent Jones in Prattville, AL. The Prattville YMCA has hosted this event for many years to raise money for the Coach A Child program which provides financial aid to make YMCA services available to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.

 

In 2015 this fundraiser changed to the YMCA Kevin Turner Golf Tournament, when he hosted with former University of Alabama teammate and quarterback, Gary Hollingsworth. Kevin Turner passed away on March 24, 2016, at his home in Vestavia Hills from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) which he was diagnosed with in June 2010.

 

Kevin Turner is a native of Prattville. He attended and played football, as a fullback, at Prattville High School, where he was apart of an Alabama State Championship in 1984. After high school, Kevin continued his football legacy at the University of Alabama, where he blocked for well known running backs, Siran Stacy & Bobby Humphrey. Kevin was drafted in the third round to the National Football League, NFL, to the New England Patriots in 1992. He played with them for 3 seasons before being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. He played for 5 more seasons before ending his NFL career due to neck injuries.

 

Per the Kevin Turner Foundation website, “The Kevin Turner Foundation has been created to bring attention to ALS, and the need for a cure; to raise awareness about the seriousness of brain trauma in athletes at every level of competition and its connection to motor neuron disease like ALS; and to financially support efforts to study, treat, prevent and ultimately cure this disease.” If you would like to know more about this foundation, please visit their website at http://www.kevinturnerfoundation.org/.

 

Facts about ALS, provided by https://www.als.org/understanding-als/what-is-als

 

  1. 5,000+ diagnosed per year.
  2. Life expectancy is 2-5 years.
  3. 10 % of cases are inherited through a mutated gene, as known as Familial ALS.
  4. 90% of cases occur with out family history, as known as Sporadic ALS.
  5. $2 billon is the estimated cost to develop a drug to slow or stop the progression of ALS.
  6. $250,000 is the estimated out-of-pocket expense to care for a person with ALS.
  7. Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed and some one passes away from ALS.
  8. THERE IS NO CURE FOR ALS!!!

 

 

On Monday, our EXIT River Rock Realty team will be remembering Kevin Turner, his family, and his dedication to finding a cure for ALS, and the potential impact that CTE has on ALS.

Stephanie Hamner

Author Stephanie Hamner on June 10, 2021

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