Bucksport boy raises over $2,960 for ALS research



Kevin MacDonald wears a T-shirt with his Uncle Cory’s picture to raise awareness for amoytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). MacDonald and several other family members raised $2,960 in the “Walk to Defeat ALS” march on Aug. 24 in Bangor.

BUCKSPORT — Amoytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is better know as Lou Gehrig’s disease. But for a Bucksport boy, the fatal, degenerative nerve condition is more closely related to another athlete — his mother’s cousin, Cory Bennett.

A 1991 Bucksport High School graduate, Bennett was a star athlete.

He served in the U.S. Navy for five years before contracting ALS in 2008, so his diagnosis was a total shock to the entire family. The news had a particularly strong impact on his then 8-year-old second cousin, Kevin MacDonald, who calls him “Uncle Cory.”

Kevin, now 13, and a team of family members raised $2,960 during the “Walk to Defeat ALS” on Aug. 24 at Bangor’s Hayford Park.

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Correction: A photo caption in an earlier version of this article contained an error. Kevin’s shirt shows a picture of his Uncle Cory.

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Bill Pearson

Bill Pearson

Former Ellsworth American reporter worked at the Piscataquis Observer for 3.5 years before joining the American. The Corinna native served one term on the SAD 48 Board of Directors.