At the Air Force Academy where he played football, he was deemed “the fastest white boy alive” by some fellow athletes. He was an avid skier, known to launch off jumps into spread eagles and sometimes topple off small cliffs. He was a hiking enthusiast, and has climbed mountains and glaciers in the Torres del Paine of Patagonia. He has a love of surfing and collects more boards than he will ever need. He has ridden his bike down trails that would be terrifying to anyone other than Kreg. He could be seen whizzing through the neighborhood on his longboard in his wetsuit at 6am, having just finished his weekly sunrise waterski session.
Things are different now. Often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.
Last year, Kraig underwent experimental stem cell surgery. One of the first to go through this method of treatment specifically for ALS. Kreg is helping write the textbook for how to treat and potentially cure ALS. Kreg didn’t have to go this route, but he choose to, not for himself, but for others. He is embodying the essence of what PWF is all about: paying it forward.
More information at www.kregpalkoals.com