By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
Cathy Roach DeBoo, of Valier, remembers clearly the phone call she got from her brother and the day he said, “I can’t run anymore.”
Mike Roach, of Fairfield, suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). ALS is also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease because of the famous baseball player that was diagnosed with it in 1939.
ALS is a serious neurological disease that causes muscle weakness, disability and eventually death. Worldwide, ALS occurs in 1 to 3 people per 100,000. In the vast majority of cases (90 to 95 percent) doctors are unsure of why ALS occurs.
ALS most commonly occurs in people between the ages of 40 and 60. It occurs slightly more often in men before the age of 65.
COOL RING — Nathan Pruttis shows off his senior ring he received during the intermission of Chickenheart, a play presented by CHS students over the weekend. Photo courtesy of Debbie Ostertag-CHS
Special for the I-O by Amber Stenson, CHS Student Body President
A little over a year ago, a young boy in our community went through an ordeal that would change his life forever. A large tumor in this young man’s spine was discovered and removed.
However, after surgery there was swelling that caused damage to the spine. This injury left him partially paralyzed. Since returning home, he and his family have made many adjustments and sacrifices. But in the midst of all of this tragedy, this young man has never lost hope.
Determined to regain his mobility, he has pushed through unimaginable challenges. This remarkable young man is Nathan Pruttis, a sophomore at Conrad High School.
HARD CHARGING — Cowgirl outfielder Ciara Bender runs in to pick off a fly hit by assistant coach Sam Vidal earlier this week. The softball team got out on the field for some real-time practice. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
After tossing the ball around in the gym, the Cowgirl fast pitch softball team finally had a chance to get outside for some real practice.
Coach Sandy Syvertson commented, “Practice has been going slow, some of the girls are also attending other functions.”
As the team begins to take shape, this could be the year of the Cowgirl.
In all, there are 18 players out for the varsity and JV teams. Included are six seniors, seven juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen.
The backbone of any team is their strength up the middle and Conrad has some very good talent from catcher to center field.
Starting with the toughest position on the field, catcher, the Cowgirls’ cup “runneth over.”