It’s always a plus when an avocation can develop into doing something truly good.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–May 5, 2006–John “J.J.” Bouma, Jr. has enjoyed traveling throughout his lifetime, but a trip planned this month in a 2006 Chevrolet Corvette from Grand Rapids, Mich., to Santa Monica, Calif., along historic Route 66 may prove to be unlike any other for this car buff and his traveling companions driving thirteen 2006 Corvettes. Bouma’s journey will draw awareness to ALS — including his personal fight against the disease. Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Bouma Corp., a nationally-recognized commercial construction company, Bouma, 54, was diagnosed with ALS in September 2005 at The University of Michigan and Mayo Clinic. He has the bulbar form of ALS and speaks with the assistance of an augmentative communications device. Photographer David DeJonge will document the excursion in photos. DeJonge will take photos of Bouma and other ALS patients who reside in the states along the route. The photos from the voyage will be used for a book and a traveling photo exhibit, both of which will raise awareness of the diverse “face of ALS.”