Jenks coach humbled by continued outpouring of support

"My ALS doctor told me, 'Coach, statistics is going to tell you that ALS is gonna get ya. But it's not going to get you tomorrow. So just go live your life."

That's exactly what legendary Jenks head football coach Allan Trimble is doing in the face of a grim prognosis. But it's a battle he won't face alone.

"Well, what started as a few of my friends getting together for a fundraiser, we're hoping to purchase some of this new medicine that's going to arrive in America," Trimble explained Friday afternoon inside his high school office.

"It's definitely not a cure but it's supposed to maybe slow down the progression of my ALS. I've got a duck man coming to speak on my behalf. I've got Thompson Square is going to perform a concert. I've got people that are donating things. A lot of them I've never met."

Trimble was referring to the benefit gala being held to aid his fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease.) The benefit is called, "A Night of Legacy."

When asked if this outpouring of appreciation and support from so many people Trimble coached and/or mentored was what he envisioned when he got into the coaching profession, "Honestly, you can ask my wife, I think I've always gone to my calling," Trimble explained.

"I think I've always gone to my hobby. It's never been work. I don't know. I just feel like God put me here to be a mentor. Yeah, it's right where I need to be."

"What advice would you have for someone who's going through something like this?"

As far as advice for someone who is dealing with this type of struggle, "What I would tell you is there is a lot of hope," said Trimble.

"Don't let it get you down. Go breathe it in. Go live. Go enjoy your family. Go enjoy what you do; your mentors, your hobbies. Just live it up like we all should. We just feel like we've got so much control. But when you find out you don't, it kind of changes your perspective so hang in there is what I would tell you."

The "A Night of Legacy" event is being held at the Mabee Center on the campus of Oral Roberts University tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. For more information, please visit Coach Allan Trimble's official ALS support page at

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