Edmond Memorial baseball team helps out local family

David Gallaher's family wouldn't have had Christmas without help from the Bulldogs.
by Jacob Unruh Published: December 24, 2013

— Wednesday was just going to be another day for David Gallaher and his family.

He's spent the last year just trying to help his family survive, and until last week there was little hope of Christmas for his two children.

Then the plethora of cars came around the corner to his house one after another, each containing members of Edmond Memorial's baseball team and loaded with donations for the Gallahers.

“That's an awesome, awesome bunch of guys there,” Gallaher said. “That was pretty cool, and all of the guys coming in the house one after another, and the next and the next and the next.”

For the past six years, the Memorial squad has adopted families for Christmas, lending a helping hand to the community that supports them.

This year, though, the Gallahers were different.

Gallaher's wife, Sharon, was recently diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's Disease — after a lengthy period in which doctors were unable to determine the illness while she lost her job and ability to speak.

David, 41, then lost his job in September when Sharon, 48, became too ill to leave alone, resulting in him having to sell most of the family's possessions of any value.

“I was at my wit's ends, man,” David said. “I didn't know what to do.”

He has been receiving help from the HOPE Center of Edmond and people like Ida Freeman Elementary counselor Brenda Landwehr, who paved the way for Memorial to help the family. The help the team delivered, though, brought a smile and a pleasant Christmas this year.

“We were able to go out and get what they needed and quite a bit, actually,” Memorial coach Kyle Roberts said. “I was very proud of our team for what they raised and came up with.”

by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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To help the Gallahers or other families in need, contact the HOPE Center of Edmond at 348-1340 or visit www.hopecenterofedmond.com.

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