Hayward friends of John Jaeckel and the efforts to find a cure for ALS were honored at the Friday, June 21, Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds baseball game at Miller Park.
Jim Yoder of Hayward threw out the first pitch on behalf of his friend John Jaeckel and the ALS Chasin’ A Cure event.
The Yoders, Jaeckels, Steve Dvorak and many other Hayward residents were on hand to watch Yoder toss the first pitch and represent the Wisconsin ALS Chapter.
Jaeckel said this was his fifth year attending the Chasin’ A Cure event during a Brewers game at Miller Park. The ALS chapter sells a big block of tickets, many vendors donate food and beverages and there is a big tailgate party, all to raise money and awareness for ALS.
Jim Yoder and Steve Dvorak accompanied Jaeckel the first time they attended the event five years ago.
“It was a really cool thing,” Jaeckel said. “A bunch of Jimmy’s family came from northern Minnesota and South Carolina to watch him. It was really fun.”
Melanie Roach-Bekos, Wisconsin ALS Chapter executive director, said she was introduced to the Yoders by the Jaeckels.
“Home is where the heart is and we have seen incredible heart from the Hayward community,” she said. “The Jaeckels, Dvoraks and Yoders are examples of the local families that have stepped up to help us fight ALS. Hayward has captured our hearts and has had a huge impact in terms of financial support, ALS awareness and demonstrating what a group of committed individuals can accomplish.”
On Saturday, Aug. 24, the Wisconsin ALS Chapter will sponsor the fourth annual “The Jaeckel,” a 5K run-walk and fundraiser in Hayward in honor of the former Hayward High School teacher and football coach and the Wisconsin ALS chapter.
Hayward Mayor Charlie Munich has designated Aug. 24 as John Jaeckel Day in Hayward.
“Hayward has always amazed me, how supportive they are,” Jaeckel added. “This event (summer fundraiser) and the event we do in conjunction with the American Birkebeiner have been a great success for raising awareness and funds for ALS patients in Wisconsin.”