Born and raised in Townsend, Glenn Roberts, has been diagnosed with ALS. Townspeople got together to do something to help him.

Glenn was diagnosed with ALS on his 48th birthday on July 23. He was very active in sports during his years at North Middlesex High School, graduating in 1982. He also graduated from Bridgewater State College and has a master's degree in counseling from Fitchburg State University.

Glenn has been employed at Mount Wachusett Community College for the past 20 years and works as the associate dean of student support services. He is now living in the neighboring town of Ashby with his wife, Deb.

He has two brothers, Troy and Dana, one living in Pepperell and the other in Townsend. His mom and dad, Bill and Carol, have lived in Townsend for 49 years.

This is just a little background of the young man and his family. Residents have put together a project; Phase 1 is to have a raffle. Money raised will go into a fund to help with any unforeseen expenses which may come up. The raffle tickets are being sold at several businesses in Townsend, Ashby and Pepperell: McNabb Pharmacy, Evans on the Common, the Settle Shop in West Townsend, Cliff's Coffee Shop, Pepperell Pharmacy and Tick's Boutique in Pepperell.

The donation is $5 per ticket or three for $10. The prizes include: a 32-inch flat screen Samsung TV; a 16-by-24 Sam Thorpe Print of Coggshall Park, Fitchburg; and a beautiful handmade quilt made by the Squanicook Colonial Quilt Guild.


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Tickets may also be purchased from Louise Thorpe at 978-597-8598, or call her for information. The drawing will be held on Feb. 2, at the Meeting Hall on Dudley Road, where a dinner will also be offered and much more.

Please help us support this young man with his fight against ALS.