KY3 Anchor Ethan Forhetz had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Springfield Cardinals Game Thursday night. You'll see in the video his aim was off (more than a little) but his heart was in the right place.
Ethan was chosen to represent the Alzheimer's Association because of his relationship with the organization and his passion for its mission. Thursday night was "Strike out Alzheimer's" night at Hammons Field in Springfield to promote the organization's upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer's on September 24th at Jordan Valley Park.
The walk is annually one of the national group's biggest fundraisers of the year. Ethan has been working with the Southwest Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association for several years and was chosen as the Honorary Chairman of the Walk in 2009 & 2010.
Alzheimer's disease is one that hit Ethan and his family especially hard. His mother, Velma, died in 2010 following about a 20 year battle with it.
Ethan will be at this year's walk, emceeing the event and would love to see you there, too.
"If you haven't been affected in some way by Alzheimer's disease, consider yourself fortunate," Ethan said, "Because, unless a cure is found soon, it's sadly just a matter of time until it affects someone you love."
"Recently, on the news, I've reported about famous people like Stan Musial, Glen Campbell and Hall of Fame basketball coach Pat Summit dealing with the effects of Alzheimer's disease and it always breaks my heart because I know firsthand the heartache they and their families will go through over the coming years," Ethan said. "This walk is to raise money to find a cure so our children and grandchildren can live a world free from Alzheimer's disease."