On Saturday morning, over 150 participants took part in the 2019 Walk to Defeat ALS.
Before it started, the NMSU baseball team took a moment to honor Todd Watkins; an ALS patient who once wore the same uniform.
Born and raised in Farmington, New Mexico, Watkins always had his sight set on attending NMSU.
He ended up joining the college baseball team as a walk-on.
A graduation, wedding and a family later, Watkins was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
“I started developing symptoms. It’s the acceptance of the physical limitations and allowing others to do things for me that I had spent my whole lifetime doing,” Watkins said.
The current NMSU baseball team honored Watkins with a jersey autographed by the players.
“Being that he’s alumni and played baseball he’s always going to be a member of the New Mexico State baseball team. Once you come to NMSU, you’re part of the family. You’re part of the culture,” current NMSU baseball player, Brock Whittlesey said.
Despite his limitations, nothing was going to stop Watkins from joining the walk with those who share similar battles.
“To surround yourself with people that you love that love you. To reconnect with parts of your life that have long since been somewhat forgotten like my time here,” Watkins said.
Watkins and his wife also attended Saturday’s NMSU baseball game.