Saturday, February 16, 2013
A Celebration of Life potluck for Dan Soyka, a young Dunedin man who passed away after a struggle with incurable ALS, is set for Monday, 6 p.m., at the Dunedin House of Beer.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Katie Dolac
Saturday, February 16
Funeral services for Dan Soyka, a Dunedin man who received an outpouring of community support during his two-year battle with a debilitating and incurable degenerative disease, are set for Monday. Soyka, who not so long ago was the wise-cracking life of the party in his tight-knit group of friends, passed away peacefully in his sleep Wednesday, his friends announced on Valentine's Day. He was 35. Friends and family members who mobilized to help when he was diagnosed with ALS have kept people informed through their ALS awareness group "Our Friend Dan" Facebook page. Our Friend Dan announced funeral arrangements Friday afternoon. Arrangements are as follows: In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in support of friend …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Dan Soyka, a Dunedin man with ALS who received an outpouring of support for the past two years, passed away in his sleep over night, his friends announced on Facebook on Valentine's Day.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Dan Soyka, a Dunedin man ailing from a debilitating and degenerative disease, passed away in his sleep over night, his friends announced on Facebook on Valentine's Day.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Katie Dolac
Thursday, February 14
Dan Soyka, a Dunedin man ailing from a debilitating and degenerative disease, passed away in his sleep over night, his friends announced on Facebook on Valentine's Day. The community rallied to help Soyka, 35, and his family after he was diagnosed about two years ago with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, an incurable disease that degenerates nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The disease impacts a person's voluntary muscle movement, until the person becomes essentially trapped in his or her own body. Since Soyka's diagnosis, his needs become more involved and care more costly, his wife Lisa Soyka explained in December. His tight-knit group of friends mobilized as a local ALS awareness group called "Our Friend Dan" and …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
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Trista Sarles-Redfield, 9, was delighted to see her father enter her fourth-grade classroom at Dunedin Elementary School on Thursday. He surprised her with flowers in front of her peers a day earlier than expected. Trista said it was a Christmas wish come true. Dan Soyka's condition has declined since being diagnosed with incurable ALS, but his friends are determined to help. A Dunedin Sweetbay Supermarket, at 1681 Main St., is among 33 under performing stores in Florida scheduled to close in Feburary, the grocer's parent company announced Wednesday. What would you like to see in its place? Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives are investigating an armed robbery at the Union Street Munchee's late Tuesday in Dunedin. Unmarried couples, gay …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Dan Soyka's condition has declined since being diagnosed with incurable ALS, but his friends are determined to help.
As Dan Soyka's illness progresses, his care gets more involved. This time last year, his wife Lisa Soyka, had watched Dan's condition downgrade from his usual wise-cracking, life-of-the-party self to not being able to speak or swallow. Now his condition is even worse. Dan still uses a syringe to eat and drink through a feeding tube. He breathes with the help of a tracheotomy tube. He's starting to lose the ability to walk, and has an increasing dependency on his wheel chair. He also has to be lifted to use the bathroom. "He doesn't have much leg strength left," Lisa said. Dan, 35, is diagnosed with ALS, an incurable disease that slowly degenerates nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, in essence, hindering voluntary muscle movement …
Friday, July 6, 2012
A group in Pittsburgh is taking to their stationary bikes on Sunday to help fundraise for Dan Soyka, a Dunedin man with ALS.
The fight is far from over for Our Friend Dan. The tight-knit group trying to help their friend Dan Soyka, a recently-wed 34-year-old Dunedin man with ALS, an incurable nueromuscular disease also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, has a far reach — far enough to reach Pittsburgh, PA, where people are rallying to help him with a fundraiser Spin-A-Thon on Sunday, July 8. At a year and a half after his official diagnosis, Soyka can’t speak or swallow. He uses a syringe to eat and drink through a feeding tube and breathes with a tracheotomy. Medical statistics give an average of three to five years life expectancy after an ALS diagnosis. Some of his Pennsylvania friends, Jon Wright and Cassie Conti, organized a fundraiser Spin-A-Thon, set for …