Swainbank remembered with balloon release

June 27th, 2015 1:39 am

First Posted: 5/16/2013

Phillip Swainbank — who died of ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in February of 2000 — would have been 50 years old on May 8.

The day before his birthday and in conjunction with ALS Awareness Month in May, he was remembered at the Exeter Little League where he spent many hours watching his sons play and where the scoreboard bears his name.

His widow, Patti Williams, spoke saying, “Together we had three boys, Phil Jr, Josh and Hunter. They played ball here for five years. The Exeter Little League was like our second home.”

Williams and her son Joshua made a donation to the Exeter Little League in memory of her late husband.

Son Joshua was at the Little League for the balloon release. Sons Phil Jr. and Josh are serving in the Navy.

Williams presented a cake to the Little Leaguers and led a balloon release.

ALS, or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is a progressive and fatal neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

For more information or to learn how to help fight ALS visit www.alsa.org