ORR junior varsity coach diagnosed with ALS

Feb 11, 2020

Glenn Gardner, the junior varsity girls basketball coach at Old Rochester Regional High School has been diagnosed with ALS, and those who know him through sports and education have immediately organized multiple ways to support him. 

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a nervous system disease that weakens muscles, and impacts physical function. There is no known cure for ALS, though the disease’s progression can be slowed. 

According to head coach Bob Hohne, Gardner continues to run practices despite his diagnosis. 

“He’s a tough trooper, and is making the best of a tough situation,” Hohne said of his colleague. 

According to Hohne, Gardner initially wanted his diagnosis to be kept under wraps, but since it has been revealed to the public, he has experienced an outpouring of support

The girls basketball team will host a bake sale, and sell bracelets at their games on Feb. 11 and Feb. 14. Both games start at 6:30 p.m. and all funds raised will go to support Gardner in his fight against ALS. 

Gardner’s friends and family have also organized a comedy night fundraiser at the Century House in Acushnet on March 13. The show will start at 6:30 p.m., and comedians will go on stage at 8:45 p.m. 

Prior to coaching at ORR, Gardner was a teacher at Hastings Middle School in Fairhaven, so retired Fairhaven teacher Susan Loo helped organize the event. 

She said that a comedy night suits Gardiner because “Glenn himself is a comedian,” and is known for being able to make people laugh. 

Tickets to the fundraiser cost $50, and include food. Frank O’Donnell will be the headliner, and there will also be a DJ. 

In addition to entertainment, Loo said there will be a raffle, with prizes that include a round trip to Martha’s Vineyard, and four box seat tickets to the Boston Red Sox. 

To learn more about the comedy night, or to purchase tickets, call Loo at 774-510-0246.