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SpartanNash Associates Teaming Up to Walk to Defeat ALS®
“Corky’s Crew” from Minnesota and South Dakota Walking to Support Dan “Corky” Carman
Edina, Minn., September 11, 2015 — SpartanNash associates are teaming up to Walk to Defeat ALS® on three Saturdays in September in St. Cloud, Minn., Minneapolis, Minn., and Sioux Falls, S.D. They are coming together to support their Sioux Falls associate Dan “Corky” Carman, who was diagnosed with ALS in June of 2013.
The walks are taking place on the following dates in the following locations:
- September 12 – St. Cloud, Minn.
- September 19 – Minneapolis, Minn.
- September 26 – Sioux Falls, S.D.
Carman grew up in Sioux Falls and has been in the distribution industry throughout his career. He joined Nash Finch (which merged with Spartan Stores and became SpartanNash in 2013) on July 14, 2008, and served as Distribution Director in Rapid City, S.D., and then in Sioux Falls. Carman and his wife, Kathy, have four children: daughters Alex, Caitlyn and Elizabeth and son, Dustin.
ALS has left Carman wheelchair bound and unable to speak. He communicates via an eye gaze machine, which allows him to communicate via email and text.
“Without the assistance of the ALS Association I would have needed to be placed in home health care by now or in a nursing home,” wrote Carman. “The ALS Association has provided me with so many things that make living with ALS possible. Back when I could still walk, they provided me with a walker. They provided me with big handled silverware so I could continue to feed myself. A zipper pull so I could zip my pants. A stand aid lift that Kathy uses to get me around and transfer me to my chair and back. And most recently, they provided me with a $40,000 wheel chair until insurance kicked in and they could build mine. They do all of this free of charge!”
Carman continued: “All of that takes money and people. You see why I am compelled to give back, and the ALS walk is the time to give back! The money that you raise is going to help someone like me. And did I mention that they are doing all this while looking for a cure?!”
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, which causes muscle weakness, paralysis, and respiratory failure. Someone is diagnosed with and someone lose their life from ALS every 90 minutes. Living with ALS can cost more than $200,000 per year above and beyond what insurance covers. There is no cure and only one FDA approved drug, which only modestly extends survival. The average life span after diagnosis is 2-5 years.
The Walk to Defeat ALS® is supported by the ALS Association, a national nonprofit that aims to build hope and enhance quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure for ALS. It leads the way in global research and provides those with ALS and their families with compassionate care and support.
SpartanNash (SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company and the largest food distributor serving US military commissaries and exchanges in the world, in terms of revenue. The Company’s core businesses include distributing food to military commissaries and exchanges and independent and corporate-owned retail stores located in 46 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 165 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, No Frills, Bag ‘n Save, Econofoods and Dan’s Supermarket.