Race Car Driver Succumbs to ALS, Leaves Legacy Behind

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Some proceeds from sales of Rusty Cummings' “For a Million Summers”, released by Bush Publishing, will be donated to the ALS association.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or A.L.S. is widely known for taking the life of baseball legend Lou Gehrig; recently, another athlete succumbed to the rare disorder commonly called “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” but not before leaving his own legacy behind. Dirt track race car driver and SUPR champion Rusty Cummings was diagnosed with the disease in April of 2011 and passed away just a few months later – an indicator of how little progress has been achieved in slowing or stopping the disease since Gehrig’s own passing over 70 years ago. In his final months, Cummings wrote a book called “For a Million Summers”, which has been released through Bush Publishing. A share of the sales of the book will benefit the Mississippi/Louisiana chapter of the A.L.S. Association.

Louisiana native Cummings, who wrote as Russell J. Cummings instead of using his better known nickname ‘Rusty’, penned a novel not about the race track or life as a sportsman but about coming of age in the south. His sensitive and reflective subject matter, as well as his gift for prose, came as a surprise to many, including his own family, who are now champions for the book. Daughter Dana says, “It’s his legacy, what he left for us to do something with.”

In a preface to the book, the family states, in part, “We will continue to support the ALS Association…in their efforts to find a cure so that one day no family will have to suffer through this debilitating disease as we have.”

In a literal race against time, Rusty Cummings signed off on the final draft of the novel just hours before his death.

For more information about “For a Million Summers”, visit http://www.bushpublishing.com.

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