The Patrick Grange Memorial Foundation was founded in January, 2013 in honor of Patrick Grange. Patrick was a beloved son, brother, and friend who enjoyed helping others and had a passion for the sport of soccer. After an incredibly successful youth soccer career which included numerous state championships, being a part of the Olympic Development Program, and being named the Tribune High School Player of the Year in New Mexico, Patrick accepted a scholarship to play NCAA Division I soccer at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Following his sophomore year, Patrick transferred to the University of New Mexico where he helped lead the Lobos into the Sweet 16 in 2004. After his standout college career Patrick played with the Albuquerque Asylum semi-pro team and spent three months pursuing pro soccer in England. Following his playing days Patrick continued his involvement in the game as a coach at the high school, club and ODP levels. In 2011, Patrick was inducted in the Albuquerque High School Hall of Fame, being the first soccer player to do so.
In November, 2010, two weeks after turning 28, Patrick was diagnosed with ALS. He was the youngest New Mexico ALS patient, with the average age being 58. Following his diagnosis generating ALS awareness and research became Pat’s passion. In spite of his shy demeanor, he was instrumental in making a difference, including the declaration of February 3rd as an annual ALS Day in New Mexico. Patrick lost his fight with ALS on April 10, 2012. He is survived by his loving parents Michelle and Michael Grange, his Brother Casey and wife Melissa, and his Brother Ryan and wife Ali.
The mission of The Patrick Grange Memorial Foundation is to support the global awareness and research of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) by sharing Pat’s story. Funds raised through the foundation will be used for research, awareness, and support for families dealing with ALS.