Ex-Emmis Sales Exec White's Battle With ALS Inspires Butler To NCAA Final
April 5, 2010 at 4:23 AM (PT)
BUTLER UNIVERSITY's charge into the NCAA men's basketball tournament final drew special inspiration from former EMMIS COMMUNICATIONS Alternative WKQX (Q101)/CHICAGO GSM MATT WHITE, a 1989 BUTLER graduate whose battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (LOU GEHRIG's disease) has become a part of the BULLDOGS' storybook season.
WHITE has been battling ALS since being diagnosed in JANUARY 2000 and given four years to live. A decade later, WHITE, who now lives in FLORIDA and cannot speak, vowed to get to the Final Four if BUTLER made it that far, and an anonymous donor donated a flight on a private jet to INDIANAPOLIS to get him to the games.
WHITE has met with the team, with wife SHARTRINA reading a speech to the team before they went out and beat MICHIGAN STATE to make the finals. "I try to live like you play," the speech told the BULLDOGS. "You are my inspiration. I cannot wait to see you play live and in person."