About Jeremy

Over two years ago a strong, dedicated football coach was diagnosed with a terminal illness called ALS, or Lou Gehrig's. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. The diagnosis alone would have devastated most people but not this coach, husband, and father of two. Coach Jeremy Williams saw this as an opportunity to influence people and ultimately change lives. His unwavering faith and determination have not only shown people a picture of TRUE faithfulness but have also raised awareness about this horrible disease.

When Jeremy was diagnosed with ALS he began a relationship with Emory University. This unique bond has played a vital role in his care. Along with providing care for Jeremy, and other people suffering with this disease, the staff and clinical providers at Emory are dedicated to finding a cure. The Emory ALS Center is actively engaged in research ranging from basic enquiries into the causes of ALS to clinical trials of new drugs for people with ALS. The research laboratories are located within the Emory Center for Neurodegenerative Disease, where investigators from a wide variety of backgrounds work together to understand the causes and possible treatments for number of Neurodegenerative Diseases, including ALS. We deeply desire to see a cure and other treatments for patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease. In an effort to see dreams come true we are holding a 5K race to raise money for the Emory ALS Center in honor of Jeremy Williams. The race will be held October 9, 2010 in Harris County.

Jeremy not only influenced those he has coached with his determination and faithfulness but he has made an impression on those he faced on the field as he played college football in Memphis, TN. To his opponents he was known as the "Georgia Assassin." As we Run for Jeremy in this race we are also wanting to Assassinate Lou Gehrig's one Step at a time.

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