“In Jay Daugherty we have found a man who is very well liked and respected throughout the ALS community, someone who will inspire us to give more than we have ever given as an organization,” Gilbert continued.
Daugherty was only 14 years old when his father was diagnosed with ALS and watched him slowly deteriorate.
“When you watch your father become ill and then die, this life changing experience creates a passion that does not get extinguished,” he said. “Once I felt that I was capable of contributing something to The Association, I became involved.”
Two of the most important events in Daugherty’s life occurred in 1985:
He married his wife Lyn, and he became involved with The Association’s Keith Worthington Chapter because he wanted to do something in memory of his dad.
“It is all about my dad and trying to prevent future generations from having to battle a disease that we should be able to cure in our lifetime,” Daugherty said.
Born in Hermann, Mo., a small town located in the heart of winemaking country, Daugherty, finds inspiration in the fight against ALS from his many meetings with people with ALS and the belief major breakthroughs in ALS research are near.
“We have experienced a convergence of science and technology in the last several years that give us the ability to find an effective treatment or cure this disease soon,” said the graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Nevada-Reno.
Daugherty also has served as chair of The Association’s Strategic Planning Committee, vic
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