By HOWARD BALABAN
Medina Journal-Register — By adding the Strike Out MS no-tap bowling tournament to this year’s Annual Gray Family Basket Raffle, members of the Medina family said they likely eclipsed last year’s fundraising total.
The event took over Medina Lanes for most of Saturday afternoon and evening in an effort to raise money for multiple sclerosis research. Last year, when the event started, St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church hosted. Community members who attended helped to raise at least $5,400. Thanks to one family member’s employer matching some money, the total was $6,400
This year that number increased to $7,182, said Carrie Gray.
“The support is outrageous,” she said. “The amount of donations we’ve received is heartwarming. It almost brings tears to your eyes how this community comes together.”
Steven Gray, diagnosed with MS in 2011, said the event is a way to both provide hope and spread awareness about what can be a very debilitating disease. It is not, he said, “for me.”
Steven noted how the money raised Saturday and the money raised at the upcoming MS Walk in which the family will participate next month in Lockport are just a couple ways to help fund the research that perhaps one day can lead to a cure.
When Steven first learned of his diagnosis it came as a shock, but he said it served as a wake-up call, too.
He recalled how he changed his diet, started exercising more, and generally living a more healthy lifestyle. His family, including his wife Maxine, sister Carrie, and his parents all followed suit.
Plus, he said they all started taking joy in living each day to the fullest. And, with Steven and Maxine expecting their first child this summer, it is highly likely that joy will be increased.