Barry Turner, Foothill’s head coach for the Boys Varsity Soccer Team for 23 years, Hillview High School teacher for 19 years, and SoCal Infinity Director has been diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease). ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is an auto immune degenerative disease that attacks the nerves cells of the voluntary muscles eventually leading to paralysis and death. Timeframe for survival ranges from 6 months to 10 years with the average being 2 to 3 years. The disease affects about 1 out of 20,000 people. It is not curable.
Barry’s physical condition is deteriorating quickly – his left arm does not function, his legs are getting weaker and his right arm is weakening rapidly. He will eventually need a wheelchair so that he can be more mobile, take the strain off his legs and prevent falling since his balance has been affected.
Barry will continue as the head coach of the soccer team. He enjoys the opportunity to work with this fine group of players and, after 23 years of devotion to the program, relishes the opportunity to have one year coaching his son Daley at the varsity level. Barry is aware that he cannot be as physically active, which is very difficult for him because he has always been a hands-on coach. However, at this time, his mind and voice are still sharp and strong and he can draw on his experience to guide the program. Additionally, Barry has an outstanding assistant coach in David McAulay, who is helping him execute both practices and games.
Barry will also continue working as a teacher at Hillview until he can no longer physically do so – partly because of financial implications for his family and partly to remain mentally and physically involved in a profession he loves so much. His wife Leanne will become his sole caretaker in the future, so Barry is also trying to work as long as possible to reduce the burden on her at this time. Obviously, this is devastating for his family and his children (Daley, a junior at Foothill, and Stella a fourth-grader), but right now the family lives day-to-day and is trying to enjoy their time together.. The medical expenses and day to day activities are getting bigger every day. We thank you for visiting the website and showing your support for Barry and his family.
Please keep Barry and his family in your heart and thoughts
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Orange Coast Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy
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