A night of fellowship, fun and fundraising that will include silent and live auctions, door raffles and split-the-pot will support Brian Eviston, a 1996 Newport Catholic graduate, who was diagnosed with ALS. The event will be held at The Newport Syndicate on November 22 at 7:00 p.m.
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ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a disease that causes the death of neurons which control voluntary muscles. ALS is characterized by stiff muscles, muscle twitching and gradually worsening weakness due to muscles decreasing in size, which results in difficulty speaking, swallowing and eventually breathing.
"It just changes your every day living. I think that's the biggest thing," said Eviston's brother, Covington Catholic coach Eddie Eviston said.
"I don't experience it so I don't want to put words in anybody's mouth that's ever gone through it. It's almost like your trapped in your own body. You want to do things, but your body isn't responding the way you're thinking. Obviously as a brother to Brian, it's hard to watch. But at the same time, I know he's going to battle it. His family is going to battle it. He's a guy who was very athletic, involved and active. It's one of those unfortunate events in life that he's dealing with."