Prattville native and former Alabama and pro-football standout Kevin Turner is trying to get a message out. Turner was diagnosed with ALS in 2010...and he wants to tell people about the downside of sports.
"Very happy I can still get around and I actually still drive, which may scare some people that ever saw me eat. But I'm well," said Turner.
Turner remains upbeat despite his diagnosis of ALS in 2010.
The former pro-athlete believes concussions and trauma in his sports career have contributed to him developing the illness that is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
"We just haven't taken seriously when someone gets a concussion or has symptoms of blurred vision or seeing stars," said Turner.
Turner says he is hoping to change the culture of sports and the way we approach head injuries.
That's why he doesn't want his own sons to get involved in sports until they are at least in middle school.
"It just takes a few hits off of them from the ages of 6 to 14 when their brains are really developing," said Turner.
Turner says he can help prevent others from going through the same diagnosis by teaching them about the possible long term effects trauma can have on the body.
"If you don't know whether or not it is a concussion, air on the side of sitting out instead of getting back in there," said Turner.
The Kevin Turner Foundation is having a special fundraiser Friday, January 18th at 7pm.
Tickets at Ticket Master are $35 & $25; VIP available at Box Office for $50
All tickets include reception with cash bar, food and silent auction.
For more information contact Tamara Alan 615-601-1002
or email: Tamara@kevinturnerfoundation.org
They are screening "American Man", a powerful and moving documentary about Turner produced by a HBO Sports correspondent.
All proceeds will go to help raise awareness of ALS, how sports play a part in it, and to help find a cure.