Local volunteer firefighter battling ALS

Posted: 10:02 PM, Oct 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-11 23:40:49-04

The Glasow family is staying strong after Jacob was diagnosed with ALS.

36-year-old Jacob, a husband, father to five children, and volunteer firefighter, given three to five years to live.

"When I was a little kid, you know, all the kids look up to firefighters. So when I got the chance, I did it," said Jacob.

He has been fighting fires for 13 years, but this is a different fight.

"The first week, we were pretty depressed. We kind of went to bed crying every night. Woke up crying every morning. And you know, you just think about all the things that you plan for your life, and you don't know if they're going to happen," said Sheena, Jacob's wife.

She said to get through this, they had to change their mindset and have been tackling the disease since.

"Keep your eyes and ears open to different roads. You know, that's what we're doing, and I think it's working," said Jacob.

"We need to just make the most of every day and make memories and not think too far in the future," said Sheena.

They said they didn't know how to tell their kids the news. Their oldest child is 13. The youngest is 4.

"We just told them that we're going to fight, and we need to stick together as a family. We need to pray, and we're going to do everything we can to make daddy better and keep him here as long as we can," said Sheena.

She said the hardest part is watching her husband struggle and not being able to do anything about it.

Day to day routines have become more challenging as time passes.

"Watching your kids watch their dad struggle. You know, he's supposed to be the big tough guy," Sheena added.

One thing helping them stay strong is the support they've received from the community.

"The support through the community is unreal," said Jacob, "All the support is giving me a reason to fight."

The family has set up a GoFundMe page. You can visit the page at this link.

They are also hosting a benefit on October 20, 2018. 

The benefit will start at 1 p.m. and goes until midnight at Reedsville Fireman's Park.

There will be a live and silent auction, live music, a DJ, food, drinks, and raffles, all to raise money for Jacob's fight against ALS.