Support Tom Coleman 23 in the 2017 11th Annual Valentine Plunge


A message from Tom Coleman 23

In Loving Memory

Anne Torrey Coleman

October 1, 1938 – October 2, 2008


I can still remember like it was yesterday that Anne was playing with her grandchildren, enjoying the beach and rooting on her beloved Tar Heels with her husband Wilkes. I can’t even imagine how excited she would be to meet her first great grandchildren who were just recently born. For two years she battled ALS valiantly but inevitably fell victim to this dreaded disease in October, 2008.


When You Thought I Wasn't Looking

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator,
and I wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you feed a stray cat,
and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me,
and I knew that little things are special things.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I heard you say a prayer,
and I believed there is a God I could always talk to.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I felt you kiss me goodnight,
and I felt loved.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw tears come from your eyes,
and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it's all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw that you cared
and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I looked...
and wanted to say thanks for all the things
I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.
--- Anonymous

The "plunge" we're asking you to make doesn't involve freezing cold water -- but it will make a big splash in the lives of our PALS. Simply click the "Donate" button above to make a secure online donation today.

Thank you!

- TC 23


  • Virginia Papa-Horning:
    Tom, Warm wishes sent your way as you take the plunge. Also remembering my cousin, Frank Papa, who also lost his fight to ALS. Virginia and Ed
  • Wayne Dennis:
    Praying for a cure someday. I admire the effort, the leadership, the love that is offered by so many for this cause. Way to go, Tom!
  • Dave & Lori Norton:
    Best of luck! We will be there routing you on!
  • Bob Krieger:
    Tom, Great cause! Had a friend Joe McHale tragically pass from this disease. May your body stay as warm as your heart....
  • Laurie Davis:
    Go Tom!! Let's be rid of ALS once and for all!
    Great job in advance Tom Coleman. While your freezing your butt off for a wonderful cause, I'll be cruising in the Caribbean sending you some WARM wishes.
  • Lori Capaccio:
    Good Luck TC - stay warm! Lori Capaccio
  • David Van Buskirk:
    Way to go, Tom Coleman!!!!
  • Molly Stevens:
    Good luck! Stay warm my friend!
  • Donald Barder:
    A fantastic cause. One of the highlights of the year. So honored to be included.
  • Raymond Welte:
    You are the man T.C. great cause, try and keep warm.
  • Bill Wells:
    Way to GO Tom, keeping fighting and praying for a cure.
  • Nicole DeMaio:
    Tom, thanks for all you do in helping to find a cure for this awful disease. Stay warm!
  • Gregg Miller:
    Jeff Capel Jr. former Old Dominion basketball coach and father of Jeff Capel the third,who is the acting Duke basketball coach, has been diagnosed with ALS.
  • Edward James Renae:
    Anne Coleman
  • Jim Moran:
    Good luck with the plunge Tom!
  • Michelle Trapp:
    Proud to support you & the plunge in your Mom's memory! Good Luck!
  • Dana Hobson:
    In Memory of Mom Mom
  • Tracy Townsend:
    Tom - If it's important to you, it's important to me. Your dedication to fighting the disease is admirable. Plunge away! - Tracy
  • Michael Mulroy:
    Rich Forcellati
  • Heidi Frisbie:
    Best wishes for a great event. Stay warm.
  • James Hansen:
    Love you Tommy! So proud of your work! Annie smiling down also very proud!
  • Kevin and Midge Leys:
    For brother - David Leys, still hanging in there in his 5th year with ALS!
  • Erwin Cayanan:
    Best of luck Coleman.
  • Charles Dippo:
    Diana & Chuck Dippo Go Tom Go !!! Thanks for your dedication to this important cause
  • Nora Kelly:
    Can't wait to plunge with you for a great cause!
  • Wilkes Coleman:
    Anne Torrey Coleman
  • matt gannon: