The David A. Couch ALS/Neuromuscular Disease Fund honors David A. Couch, who passed away on December 16, 2001, from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Couch was a Parkersburg businessman and served as Wood County Commissioner from 1996 until 2000. During his lifetime, he was involved in many community service organizations, including the Nemesis Temple of the Shrine and St. Andrews United Methodist Church, and he also served on the United Bank Board of Directors. Couch also served as co-grand marshal for the 2000 Relay for Life sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
In 2000, Couch's friends and family established this fund to help support research into ALS and to provide for the financial needs of others afflicted with the disease. For more than 20 years, family and friends hosted the Dave Couch Golf Tournament and proceeds from the Tournament were awarded to support ALS research and to build the David A. Couch ALS/Neuromuscular Disease Fund. Then in 2022, the family shifted their grantmaking focus to the needs of individuals in the Mid-Ohio Valley who are battling ALS and other neuromuscular diseases. The fund now awards grant support to local programs working with local individuals.
Through this fund, Dave's memory lives on and important support is made possible. It is the hope of the Couch family that medical research will find a cure for this horrible disease and that grants from this fund will help them find comfort during a difficult time.