Thanks to funds donated to The Gleason Initiative Foundation, Team Gleason was able to bring pALS Oscar Yu the Adventure of a lifetime.
Some of Oscar Yu’s passions include: family, friends, and live music from the 50’s and 60’s eras. When the Yu’s reached out to Team Gleason in hopes of an Adventure, the perfect combination of the three was devised. After deliberation over the Adventure type, Team Gleason chose to do what is not normally done; send the Adventure to the Yu’s.
Oscar Yu was diagnosed with ALS in December 2015. A family man centered around spending time with loved ones, the most appropriate Adventure was bringing a live oldies band to the Yu’s to share with friends and family. In his Adventure recap, Oscar stated “Team Gleason contributed to my one big passion – live oldies music… I was able to enjoy live oldies music for hours”.
He continued to say “My best friends were signaling to the dance floor and I shook my head no and smiled. They insisted and rolled to to the dance floor while the song “Pretty Woman” was playing. My caregiver was moving my chair on the dance floor along with my wife, family, and best friends surrounding me. Suddenly, EVERYONE came on the dance floor and started dancing”. That moment Oscar shared with his friends and family was one he will always remember – smiles, tears, and “so much love all around”.
“It’s been a month since [the Adventure] and I am still smiling when I think about it. I’m so thankful for that day, the band, the memories… I am grateful to have the Adventure of a lifetime with a live band AND be the sole reason for everyone getting on that dance floor… There have been lots of good things that have happened since getting diagnosed, and I am very blessed to have people reach out with love – like Team Gleason has done”.