Every town across American benefits from embracing local heroes; individuals who shine, inspire peers and future generations alike, to pursue their dreams and overcome adversities. The town of Torrington boasts two notable strengths: its music education program and its sports programs. It’s Little League and PAL baseball programs are among the best, preparing young athletes for promising high school, college and professional careers. One of its greatest accomplishments is Tim Considine.
Like his older brother, Jim, Tim’s athletic abilities were evident early on. His skill on the diamond; powerful, accurate and agile, enabling both Torrington High School and the University of Connecticut to realize stellar seasons in the late 70’s and early 80’s. His performance then was nothing short of amazing yet, Tim remained humble, grateful for the opportunities sports provided him and rooted in family, friends and faith.
With his wife, two young sons and siblings by his side, Tim and his family now face a monumental challenge. Earlier this year, Tim was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a progressive degenerative nerve disease. It strikes adults randomly, destroying nerve cells and pathways to the brain and spinal cord. It robs patients of mobility, their ability to speak and eventually to breathe. Once diagnosed patient mortality averages 2-5 years and life for all affected becomes more challenging with each passing day.
Last Saturday, the first of what I’m sure will be many benefits was held at Action Wildlife in Goshen. The outpouring of love, support and admiration was overwhelming. Tim has touched, coached and inspired so many in his life, evident by the turnout and the warmth of those in the crowd; all on hand to return his pitch and honor him in caring, generous ways. Like many I’m sure, I was taken aback by how quickly ALS can rob a person of their life as they know it; gestures, facial expressions, mobility and capacity for life. All the aspects of a person we come to treasure. As a family friend, whose family has remained intertwined with the Considine clan for nearly a century, I can attest that Tim’s mother and father, Sally (Fitzgerald) and Jack, would have been overcome with emotion and speechless with pride over the turnout and generosity.
Whether you know Timmy and his family personally or not, please donate. If Tim hasn’t touched you directly, he’s touch or influenced someone you know. Donate because ALS can strike any one at any time. ALS seems to affect those who have been extremely active in their lives. To go from ‘game on’ energy to being strapped into a chair, requiring help to breathe, in just a few, short months time, has to be one of life’s cruelest tricks. But with only 5600 cases annually in the United States, how much research attention does ALS actually get? Perhaps’ Tim greatest contribution is yet to come; by once again inspiring those around him to rise, above sadness, to meet the real challenge; provoking research that leads to effective treatments and ultimately a cure for ALS.
To donate to the Considine Family Trust, visit http://www.atoastfortim.com. To donate to the local ALS chapter,which funds local services and research, visit www.alsact.org. You can also donate to Team Cons’ at www.walkct.alsa.org. Tim’s walk team will participate in The Walk to Defeat ALS on September 29th in New Britain. Come join the team!