Click here to support Gary's ALS Mobility Fund by Karen Crook:
Gary was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig Disease) on 12/20/2013. Gary started noticing the first signs of ALS in the Spring of 2013, but we didn't know what was going on until just before the Holidays when he got his diagnosis. He has always been a healthy man with a lot to offer the artist community. He has influenced several aspiring artists over the years teaching at various colleges and schools and leaving his mark with inspiration of design. A mark that seemed to last forever-he still communicates with a few of his students from art classes he taught as early as 1997.
He has touched so many people and he was always the guy to help others, but now he is the one needing help--which is hard for him to accept because he still sees himself as the big, strong man.
He is also a great husband and father. Gary choose a life where he could work from home since Karen is an Air Force Veteran and to spend more time with his family. He has been married for 18 years to his wife where they strive to keep a tight knit family and running a small gift store, Lexie's Trading Post where they sold their own Family Skin Care Line, Lexie's of Louisville and where the kids are often seen in the day to day operations. They, the kids- Dylan and Jordan- Love working our quarterly charity drives dedicated to the likes of animal rescues, to food drives for the local food pantry, to free outdoor cinema family night's to their local community.
Since Gary has ALWAYS been an artist, he is attempting to create art for as long as he still can. It is becoming increasingly difficult to control his hands, but this latest attempt is another victory and a further attempt to help his wife in supporting his family since he cannot teach anymore.
Thank You for your time reading about Gary and your consideration and possible donation. Any donation will be greatly appreciated.
If you'd like to donate directly to Gary Crook's ALS Fund, please go to: http://www.gofundme.com/60j52k
* Also, if you'd like to visit Gary Crook | artist's Official Web Page, where there are 20+ years of artwork and writings, check: http://garycrookartist.com