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Tim McDaniel: Colleague, Friend, ALS Warrior

In addition to sharing a piece of Tim's personal ALS journey with you, this page includes a series of links that will help you learn about the disease, get to know Tim better and discover ways to get involved and help fight for a cure for ALS. As a principal on the Rea & Associates team and founder of the firm's valuation and transaction advisory services practice, we are committed to supporting him anyway we can. Please keep reading to find out how you can join us.


Click here to listen to episode 184, "Advice From A Dying Man," on unsuitable on Rea Radio, featuring Tim McDaniel.

The Disease I Was Most Afraid Of

An unexpected event can come out of nowhere. I was in the best shape of my life, getting married to the most kind and wonderful woman in the world and refocused my career on doing what I loved. Life had never been better.

- Tim McDaniel, February 25, 2019


Tim McDaniel
ALS Warrior
In early 2019, I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. As I worked with doctors to uncover the cause of my symptoms, ALS was the disease I was most afraid of. I wouldn't read about ALS or investigate if it was causing my issues because I was so afraid of it. But, if I had faced it head-on, I could have been more insistent with the doctors who said I did not have ALS to investigate further and could have avoided surgeries. Maybe, just maybe, the progression would not be where it is today. One lesson I would like my kids to learn from my life is not to avoid the scary things.
ALS is a disease that kills your voluntary muscles. The ones that control your arms, legs, hands, voice, neck, swallowing and diaphragm. Once the diaphragm no longer works properly, you either die or have to get a tracheotomy—a surgically created opening in the neck through which you breathe via a tube connected to a ventilator.
The type of ALS I have is “limb onset” and it is not especially aggressive. So my prognosis is the standard answer – 2 to 4 years from the date of diagnosis. ALS patients are given very little hope from the medical community. There are two approved drugs I can take that may slow down the progression of the disease for a few months, but they is not a cure for the disease. And while there are treatments/medicine in clinical trials that look promising, nothing will be made available to the public for at least two years under the current FDA regulations. For many of us, two years will be too late.
Watching “Gleason,” the Amazon Prime Video story about New Orleans Saints Steve Gleason battle with ALS, is both inspiring and scary to me. It is amazing what Steve has done and the courage he has to stay in the fight. But it is so scary to watch his physical decline. But, like Gleason, I want to be the best ALS Warrior I can be.
Join The Fight For Change Right now, there are a couple of promising treatments in clinical trials. But at the current pace, they will not be available for a couple years due to current FDA regulations and that might be too late. I have a deadly disease and my best hope is an imperfect, arguably inhumane, clinical trial process that involves 16 trips to Boston, and a 50 percent chance of receiving a placebo.
I have joined an amazing group of ALS patients who have come together to fight for a cure and to make life better for all ALS patients. The group and website is IAMALS.org and I have been happy to battle alongside other passionate and intelligent people. You can help me by visiting this website to become familiar with the disease and our strategy in this battle. And please consider making a donation to this organization. You can also send out letters to your representatives and senators (templates below) and join me in September as I walk to raise funds to end ALS.
I know my body will continue to break down but my hope is that God will provide me the ability to still relate to and love all the wonderful people he has placed in my life. My ultimate hope is that I will have a new body in Heaven based on my belief in Jesus Christ and his resurrection and becoming a Christian. I can’t wait to have races against you in Heaven since I will have a head start in practicing! - content for this web page came from Tim's personal online journal

Tim McDaniel, CPA/ABV, ASA, CBA
Tim McDaniel, CPA/ABV, ASA, CBA, is a principal on Rea's valuation and transaction advisory services team. Over the course of his career, clients have turned to Tim for his business valuation, succession planning and transaction expertise. In 2013, he released the book Know and Grow the Value of Your Business: An Owner's Guide to Retiring Rich.
Milestones
  • "The reality is that my life has been pretty good for about six decades.: Nothing major until now on the health front, great family memories, close friends and a career that I liked. Like everyone else there are tragic and sad moments and very painful times. So this illness is robbing me of maybe a couple of decades of life. But I have lived longer and my life has been easier than most people that have been born on this earth."
Client
Tim has proudly served business owners for nearly 30 years. Over the course of his career, he has been involved with more than 3,000 valuations and succession projects.
"On a journey learning how to express my gratitude for God's grace and all that has been given to me. i am very fortunate to have a lovely wife, fantastic kids, good friends and a job I love." - Tim McDaniel, CPA/ABV, ASA, CBA
Advisory Team
Tim founded the valuation and transaction advisory services practice at Rea & Associates. Today, you can learn more about the team's services by calling Mary Beth Koester at 614.923.6556.,