Atlanta, Ga. – Kerry Goode is a person who is living to inspire, motivate, and even get you laughing. A recent post by Kerry reads, “Lord, when my time on earth is done, I pray that my living will serve as an example, both good and the bad.” Kerry, a 1983 graduate of Hazelwood High School, played for The University of Alabama under the direction of Coach Ray Perkins from 1983-1986 and Bill Curry in 1987. In the 1988 NFL draft, Kerry was selected in the seventh round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It was August 11th, 2015, when Kerry Goode received the news that he had ALS. It had been only one year earlier when Kerry accepted the “Ice Bucket Challenge” for his friend and former Alabama teammate, Kevin Turner. Turner had been diagnosed with ALS four years earlier in 2010. Kevin Turner passed away this past March.
The Goode’s are no strangers to adversity. Kerry’s brother, Clyde, passed away in 2012 as he battled a rare form of cancer, one of Kerry’s other brothers, Chris, battled prostate cancer, and Kerry’s mother is a two-time survivor of breast cancer. It’s not just family that has rallied around Kerry as he has faced this challenge. As Kerry says, “Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who loves you no matter what.” As he did for his friend Kevin, Kerry wanted to touch others lives through his challenge. That is how the Goode Foundation came to be. The mission statement of the Goode Foundation is “To support, assist, and empower patients and families affected by ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and inspire the pursuit of treatment alternatives and research for a cure.” We had Kerry Goode on Applebee’s Tailgate Talk to talk about the Goode Foundation back in October 2015. You can listen to that interview here.
Competitors compete and Kerry is a competitor. As Kerry said in an interview with AL.com, “If you’re a competitor, the fight will come back. It’s like, ‘Hey, we’re going to do everything we need to do to fight this thing. It’s what you’ve got to do. You can’t sit curled up, balled up in a corner and let it go.” As a player, Kerry was surrounded by teammates on the field. It’s a different time and a different field of battle, but Kerry is still surrounded by a group of teammates who are fighting for him. Many events and fundraisers have been held to support Kerry is his personal fight. Those who would like to help Kerry Goode with expenses associated with his fight can go to his GoFundMe page and donate right now. As Kerry continues with his fight, he says, “I’m placing God on my side, and I’m in it to win it.” Kerry Goode is going to win it the Goode way. You can “Mark It Down”.