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