Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Big Lake County voice stricken with ALS

Eric Patrick playing guitar during a performance at Library Park's gazebo. Photo by Harold LaBonte.

LAKE COUNTY – A local doctor has diagnosed Lake County radio personality Eric Patrick with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, according to Laura Patrick, Eric’s wife.

Eric Patrick has been missing from the airwaves for three months.

His voice, as well as his sharp sense of humor and excellent acting skills have been entertaining a wide cross section of Lake County’s population for nearly 10 years.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that effects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Patrick suffers from a very rare form known as Bulbar ALS, which initially effects the upper area of the spinal cord causing interference with the motor neurons in the neck and throat area.

The multi-talented Patrick has performed as a master of ceremonies for concerts raffles auctions and live standup comedy programs as well as sing and play guitar in the band CAM.

He took on multiple rolls in the 2007 production of the two-man stage production of “Greater Tuna.”

The Rob Roy Golf Club in Cobb will host a dinner beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16, to raise funds to aid the Patrick family.

His bandmates and members of the Prather Brothers are slated to perform. Patrick himself plans on sitting in for a few tunes, said Laura Patrick during an interview with Lake County News.

Bruce Ebinger, bar manager at Rob Roy, told Lake County News that by 6.pm Tuesday more than $6,000 in cash has been donated and 192 persons had made reservations to attend.

A silent auction will be held with items ranging from magnums of fine wine to weekend trips through the wine country according to Ebinger.

Two entrees are available, the traditional St Patrick’s corned beef plate or a meatloaf dinner. The cost is $25 per person.

Those wishing to attend the dinner are strongly urged to make reservations by calling 707-928-0121 before noon on Thursday, March 13.

Anyone wishing to make a donation may send any amount to RAKE at P.O. Box 290 Cobb, CA. 95426 and indicate Eric Patrick.

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