Pop-up event on Saturday in Medina will raise funds for ALS research

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 May 2022 at 11:37 am

Jimmer Szatkowski and friends have raised $265K for ALS research

Provided photo: Jimmer Szatkowski has on boxing gloves to show he plans to fight ALS.

MEDINA – Friends and family of Jimmer Szatkowski will be selling #teamjimmer wrist bands and T-shirts on Saturday at the Canal Village Farmers Market in Medina.

The pop-up event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will raise funding for ALS research and trials.

Andrew Szatkowski, Jimmer’s brother, is leading the event on Saturday. Besides the merchandise, “we will be giving out hugs, happiness, and good vibes!” Andrew said.

The event is in May, which is ALS awareness month. All of the proceeds go directly to the Healy Center for ALS research, Andrew said.

His brother Jimmer was diagnosed with ALS in April 2021. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Jimmer, 49, is a Medina native. He now lives in the Syracuse area and owns two Chick-fil-A restaurants, with sites in Cicero and Clay.

Jimmer has already raised over $265,000 for ALS with donations through the Tackle ALS website.

“I was  diagnosed with ALS in April 2021,” Jimmer writes on his fundraising page. “God is good always, and I am still climbing by his Grace. I accept nothing besides His greatness. I intend to fight this disease and to help a whole lot of people along the way. Please join me in the fight.”