Drink One Down for the Schimmy Scramble April 9th from 4-9pm. WBC will donate $2 per pint and $.50 per root beer sold to the cause. Details below:
The Schimmy Scramble, which was founded in 2014, is a fundraising organization that
began as a golf tournament focused on raising money for local families impacted by
ALS, as well as the ALS Association MN/ND/SD Chapter. This year, a portion of
proceeds will benefit the family of military veteran David Specht.
Those in the military, especially those deployed during the Gulf War, are known to have
a higher incidence of ALS. Dave served in the navy during the Gulf War, and is a former
national guardsman. He was an electrician by trade.
It was numbness in Dave’s thumb that prompted several visits to various physicians
before he was officially diagnosed with ALS in September 2018. For Dave, ALS has
been extremely fast moving, giving his family little time to cope or prepare for what was
to come. He transitioned from a walker to a manual wheelchair to a power wheelchair in
a matter of weeks. After suffering from severe breathing difficulty one day in
November, he was transported by ambulance to the hospital and has been away from
his family ever since. Today, Dave is on ventilator machine and feeding tube, and has a
tracheotomy. His speech is rapidly deteriorating; he relies on an eye gaze machine to
communicate. Sadly, because of his fast rate of progression, he does not qualify for any
Meanwhile, at home, he has his loving wife Janet of 20 years and three kids: Jack (17),
Emily (12) and Charlie (10). Janet says, “This disease has shattered our family in many
ways, but we have found great strength in the support of our amazing family and
Life in the Specht house is abundantly stressful and emotional; Janet is tasked with
keeping it all together, splitting her time between home and the VA, while also
continuing to work part-time from home at night.
Come out and Drink One Down for the Specht Family.