JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Local high school football coach Ryan Keith passed away Friday after a long battle with ALS.
Keith was diagnosed with the deadly disease in his late 20s, while he was coaching at Providence. He later became the head coach at Eagle's View Academy and returned to his alma mater to help assist the Trinity Christian program, as well.
Keith was given three to five years to live when he was diagnosed and he ended up battling the disease for a decade.
Watch the video above to see a story the Action Sports Jax team did on Ryan and his love for coaching in November 2012.
Heavy heart right now. Ryan Keith-coached at Providence, Eagles View and Trinity, lost battle w/ ALS today. Battled it for a decade. #ASJax— Brent Martineau (@BrentASJax) March 11, 2017
I believe Ryan Keith was 39 years old. They gave him 3-5 years when he was diagnosed and he lived for 10. Touched a lot of people. #ASJax— Brent Martineau (@BrentASJax) March 11, 2017
Ryan Keith's story always stayed w/me. We were same age. Perfectly healthy then got ALS. He put up a helluva fight and usually w/ a smile.— Brent Martineau (@BrentASJax) March 11, 2017
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