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garywyman 278w ago
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A few months ago we were asked to be part of the first ever wedding photoshoot at the Denver Church of Cannabis. Not only did we have so much fun dressing up and getting some beautiful photos by @shannamphoto, but we also met some incredible women with HUGE hearts that have since become near and dear to us❤️. @irieweddingsandevents has reached out in so many ways to show support for #teamgarbear. This week anyone that is interested can participate in one of their cannabis friendly events, that will be sponsoring us for the evening. We are so excited to be honored at the upcoming Boas, Blunts & Bloodshed: An elevated dinner theater experience. On October 17th, 150 guests will dine and mingle the night away at the famously haunted Gatehouse at Lionsgate Event Center in Lafayette, CO and help crack the case! The show put on by Murder Mystery Co. is vape friendly and we will have budtenders on staff with various apparatuses tending to the guests.

A portion of all ticket sales for this event as well as all proceeds will be donated to Gary's special need trust as well as The ALS Association - Rocky Mountain Chapter (@alsa_rockymtn) Additionally, there will be a silent auction to raise additional funds for the cause!
You are invited to purchase tickets through the link in my bio. The password is MURDER and use special code TEAMGARBEAR to save $5! We'd love to see you there! Be sure to show up in your best 1920's prohibition style clothing for an evening of fun for a great cause! #teamgarbear #fuals #als #alsawareness
I love you so much wifey! Thanks for being my rock through everything. I fell in love with you for ability to light up any room with your smile, you radiate positive energy in every situation, always putting others first and you're the sexsiest woman I've ever laid my eyes on. I'm so thankful everyday that our energies connected and we found each other. Thanks for taking such great care of me as I know we both don't deserve the paths our lives have taken. Love you to the moon and back. 💕❤️🌙#teamgarbear #fuals #passionfruit #zanzibar photos by @mjfioravanti
I've been a little distant from social media lately as I've been having some rough times. If you read the last post from my amazing wife @batlashes you'll have a glimpse into the changes that we've been dealing with as ALS strips me of the joys of my life. This all turned around when we got the call from the Gleasons. I had filled out an application with their foundation to go on a once in a lifetime trip to Africa. This trip has been awesome! It's also been really difficult for me as I'm progressing faster than I thought I would. I'm to the point where I need 24/7 help in order to get by. There's something about having another man wipe your ass and grab your penis to put on a catheter. Im really thankful I have our friend Jesse (@mjfioravanti) here to help me out. I would have never been able to see this part of the world without the help of Steve and Michel Gleason (@teamgleason). Thank you so much for everything. #teamgarbear #fuals #nowhiteflags #Tanzania
Had an awesome weekend escaping reality and testing out the new westy engine with friends in Idaho. I didn't know what to really expect from the eclipse but I knew I needed to reset my energy. As temperatures dropped and the sunlight diminished I felt a calmness and sense of comfort engulf my entire body as if telling me to let go and reset, everything is going to be ok. While watching this cosmic event take place I knew this was right where I was supposed to be. As the light seemed to turn back on I felt recharged and whole new energy radiating from me. I've been struggling with loosing my independence and my ultimate fate. I'm no longer scared or angry about missing out on the life I thought I would have, if anything I feel more tuned into what my purpose is, growing and overcoming obstacles I have placed upon myself and others. I'm looking forward to the next chapter of life and growing as an individual, husband, son and friend with those who I share my life and this journey with. Much love -G ❤️❤️❤️ #teamgarbear #ThisisALS #als #spudlife #totaleclipseoftheheart #idahomies #vanagonlife 🚐💨
Just picked up C3P0 (westy) from @rockymountainwesty after upgrading to a 2.5 Subaru engine and some new bumpers!!! I reached out to them a few months ago and shared my story telling them how much of my life has been dedicated to vw's and how important it was to upgrade my engine so @batlashes and I could travel around faster and with more reliability before ALS robs us of yet another thing we love.
Mike and Mark from RMW offered to help and get us adventuring in the van asap! They're unfortunately all too familiar with ALS and it's rapid progression having watched one of their best friends battle with this disease.
Thank you so much for making us a priority and allowing us to pass others up hills on the highway in style as we embark on the next chapter of "Living" with ALS. Much love! ❤️❤️❤️
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#teamgarbear #westfalia #vw #vanagonlife #FUCKALS #ThisisALS #ALS #rockymountainwesty
Never thought I'd have my face on a skate deck. Thank you @303boards & @vansrockies
Limited quantities available.

Come early tomorrow night to @bearcreekdistillery to snag one and show your support!6:30-9:30

#TeamGarBear #FUCKALS #ALS #ThisisALS #humbling ❤️❤️❤️🚐💨❤️❤️❤️
Feeling so honored that my friends put together this awesome board release benefit to help me and my family battle ALS.
If you're free this Friday the 4th swing by @bearcreekdistillery to kick it with great peeps and show your support! There will be a limited number of skate decks with my pic from @thelifersproject for sale.
Thank you @303boards @vansrockies for making this all come together! Seriously love you guys! ❤️ #teamgarbear #FUCKALS #ThisisALS #als
Happy Birthday to the strongest, most caring, sexiest woman in the world!!! I love you so much!! It has been quite the year of ups and downs but there is know one I could imagine by my side.The next year will be even harder but I know that we'll live it up to the fullest! Your positivity and energy lifts me up and reminds me of how lucky I am to share my life with you. Our time together is getting shorter but I'm excited to see what the future holds for us. I love you to the moon and back!😘❤️🌙
#wifey #soulmate #teamgarbear
A year ago today my ALS symptoms became noticeable. It just so happened to be my birthday. My speech was really slurred and it scared the shit out of me so much that we went to the ER the next day to figure it out. 6 months of tests and we finally had a diagnosis. A year later I look back on what's been the most memorable year of my life. Marrying the love of my life, purchasing our first home and traveling the world have all been highlights that help me forget about this disease. I couldn't ask for a better partner in crime to live life to the fullest with. Thanks for making everyday feel like my birthday @batlashes
God I love this woman!😘❤️💉 #FUCKALS #FUALS#teamgarbear #ThisisALS
Happy Father's Day!
Love you pops!! 🙌🏼❤️
#teamgarbear #fanger
The struggle is real... When we left for Bali I was having a difficult time walking and retaining my balance. I ordered up this travel walker the day before we left just in case. Slowly I started using it for uneven walkways and long distances. By the end of the trip @batlashes (love you ❤️) was cruising me around the airport in a wheelchair to speed things up. Now back home I'm using a walker every day. Frustrating for sure but at least it helps from falling over and eating shit.
As my disease progresses I think it's important to show the good, the bad and the ugly. I want to be honest with myself and those around me how ALS affects us all.
Love, Gary

#teamgarbear #FuckALS #als #alsawareness #als
Bali for our honeymoon was worth the wait! 9 months ago I married the most amazing, driven, caring, sexy woman in the world and I can honestly say I fall more in love with you everyday @batlashes. Your positivity and gratitude keep me strong as we embark on this difficult journey. I know I'm supposed to be the strong caregiver in our relationship always promising to provide for us but am constantly humbled by your ability to stand up and take care of me. Large or small, good or bad I'll always appreciate everything you do for me and us. I don't know where I'd be without you. I love you so much wifey. ❤️
I was honored when good friend @dreadicrgod mentioned he was going to do a mural of me. You're creativity and artistic abilities have always inspired me. Seeing my face larger than life on the side of @thehorseshoedenver I've been visiting for years is truly humbling. I can't thank you enough for taking the time to create such an amazing piece of art, for sharing my story and helping raise awareness for ALS. Love you brother! ❤️🚐💨 #teamgarbear #alsawareness #FuckALS #alssucks #als #vanagonlife #vanagon
Check the Video!! Link in bio! 🎥

A few weeks ago #TeamGarBear hosted the FU ALS fundraising event at the Ogden Theater. It was an beautiful and overwhelming evening. The turnout far surpassed what we had hoped for, and the amount of love and generosity that poured into the venue that night blew us away. We can’t begin to express what this means to us.

With the money raised that evening Katie and I will be able to afford much of the needed adaptive medical equipment I will soon require. We have put all of the funds into a disability trust run by a third party. Every donation will go into the trust and can only be pulled out for my medical needs.

A very special thank you to @smmydbs for spearheading the entire operation. Sam gave so much of his time and energy to making sure everything went off without a hitch. We are beyond thankful for every company & person that donated(too many to list!), the bands that came out to play (Super Magick, Paper Bird & Luke The Knife), the core group of volunteers that worked effortlessly leading up to and the night of the event, AEG, Tito’s Vodka, Jiberish, Oskar Blues, Bamboo Booth, Patagonia, Kree8, Quizno’s, Heaven Hill, Serious Texas BBQ, Never Summer, Icelantic for going above and beyond and last but not least- every single person (over 1000!) that showed up that evening in support.

ALS has already had a tremendous effect on the simplest daily tasks. Katie and I felt that it was important to show how things have progressed in an honest way. It’s difficult to show my vulnerability when all I want is to be strong through this frustrating disease, but it is detrimental to raising awareness.

This video beautifully captures the love and support that filled the Ogden Theatre that night. Thank you to everyone that made FU ALS a huge success. It was truly an amazing night- one of which I’ll never forget.

Much love to @gabriel_rovick, @conkstagram, @tvpv and @urnakosa. Thank you for helping me share my story.
Hope to see you all at the next Team GarBear event. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!

Love,

Gary & Katie

#alsawarenessmonth #teamgarbear #FuckALS #FamilyPorVida
1 DAY OUT! ❤🙌🏼🎉
SWIPE FOR DETAILS!
We're honored and humbled that so many of our amazing friends have shown their support for us and the FU-ALS Benefit @ The Ogden on Tomorrow. From the bottom of our hearts, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
Additionally, the business community has poured their love and support towards the event in the form of some AMAZING prizes for our Live Raffle and Silent Auction. We'd like to recognize one particular company who has gone above and beyond. Our great friends at @titosvodka underwriting ALL of the expenses associated with the venue. This was a decision from Tito himself after hearing of my story, and a true representation of Tito's authenticity and generosity. Once again, thanks for all the love...I can't wait to see you all tomorrow!

#teamgarbear #FuckALS