Mariemont, Ohio lacrosse coach leads fight against Lou Gehrig's disease

Former All-American Graham Harden, diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in 2016, has been sharing his lacrosse skills by coaching both boys and girls lacrosse at Mariemont High School. He hopes to step back on the field this spring as coach. "If I don't show them that I can fight it, why would they do that on the field?"

You may remember the Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014, but you may have forgotten it was meant to bring attention to an incurable disease diagnosed in more than 5,000 Americans each year: ALS, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Forty-eight-year-old Terrace Park, Ohio resident Graham Harden knows that fact very well. Harden first noticed knee pain and then a limp in August 2016 before his doctor made the diagnosis of ALS. He said he had a decision to make. 

"It's a tough nut to crack because you're talking about your brain, your motoneurons, your spinal cord. Those are all very difficult to get at," Harden said. "We go down one path or the other. We go down the path (of) self-pity or we can take some good, put some good into it." 

With the help of his sister, Harden started GForce, a foundation that helps families of children impacted by ALS send their children to college. The first event was a walk in September 2016 that raised over $40,000.

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