Craig Fox felt the first effects of amyotrphic lateral sclerosis when he could not raise an index finger years ago. Today, the disease slowly cripples his body while his mind remains as sharp as ever.
Created by victoriaadvocate on Nov 29, 2010
Last updated: 08/22/11 at 08:55 AM
Family members say faith, community support has given them strength
Craig Fox lived 43 years.
He really lived.
Craig Fox was surprised with a party to celebrate his 43rd birthday.
Fox is released from the hospital after an 11-day hospital stay. When he's sent home, he's barely able to walk.
Fox is hospitalized with pneumonia caused by his ALS.
The Advocate premieres a feature-length documentary, "Breadth of Hope," produced by Drew Stewart. More than 400 people attend, raising more than $1,500 for ALS research.
Fox receives his first power wheelchair to help him stay mobile as the disease progresses. He and his 16-year-old son, Tanner, both find vehicles for change as Fox learns to drive the chair and Tanner the family car.
A Father's Day special report tells the story of three generations of Fox family men.
Fox walks one mile in a 5K Stroll, Roll 'n' Run for ALS, the first of its kind in Victoria. The Advocate follows his and his family's journey through the race.
Fox makes a now-routine trip to the Methodist Neurological Institute in Houston.
The Advocate spotlights the Fox family's Christmas celebration and how the disease has changed their traditions.
Fox and his two children, now ages 15 and 11, leave their home and move in with his parents, who will help with his care.
The Advocate prints its first installment of the series "A Father's Strength." The series focuses on Fox, his family and how those affected by the disease find hope. Filmmaker Drew Stewart, an Advocate intern, begins filming the documentary "Breadth of Hope," which centers on the Foxes and other Victorians living with the disease.
Craig retires from his job as an instrument and electrical designer for Testengeer Inc. in Port Lavaca.
During a three-day visit with doctors, Fox, now 39, is officially diagnosed with ALS by Dr. Stanley Appel at the Methodist Neurological Center in Houston. His arms are so weak he can’t hold anything if his elbow is bent.
Fox feels the first effects of amyotrohpic lateral sclerosis when he has trouble raising his right index finger.
After eight years of marriage Fox's wife, Nancy, dies suddenly from heart failure.
Craig and Nancy Fox's first daughter, Bailey, is born.
Craig and Nancy Fox's first son, Tanner, is born.
Fox marries a former high school classmate, Nancy, after the two meet at a high school reunion.
Fox graduates from Texas State Technical College in Waco with a degree in electrical power distribution.
Fox graduates from Victoria High School.
Fox's passion for an electrical career grows when he places at a state competition. He wires electricity through a model home in an electrical trades class at Victoria High.
Fox is the kicker for the Victoria High School Stingarees as a junior. He continues playing through his senior year.