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Meet the People #FightingALS
with the Brigance Brigade Foundation

Denny Mogan

I am a 39-year-old father of two wonderful boys, Jack and Mick, who enjoy playing lacrosse and swimming. I have been married to my wife, Kateryna, for 14 years. I played lacrosse and studied History and Philosophy at University and Salisbury University.

After working in the restaurant business for many years, my
longtime dream of opening my own restaurant came true in In October 2019. Just as Mogan’s Oyster House opened, my ALS symptoms emerged.

From the onset of my symptoms, my wife pushed for tests, appointments, and answers. The first time that we heard the words, ALS, was during our neurologist appointment in November 2019, then in January 2020, and finally, officially an official diagnosis on paper, in March 2020.

I cannot believe that this is happening to ME. NOW. Just as life started to get in order and my hard work throughout the years is paying off.

My wife is my rock, but I can see this taking a toll on her and it breaks my heart to see the burden my inability to help puts on her. In addition of being my caregiver, she is an ESOL teacher for Maryland public schools, a part-time fitness instructor, Sunday School teacher, and mother of two young boys. I am going to push as hard as I can so I can enjoy every second possible with my family.

To open Mogan’s Oyster House, we took out significant loans, now due to my declining health I am unable to run the business, and the COVID-19 Pandemic has greatly hurt the restaurant industry. The Brigance Brigade Foundation assisted my family at a time when our financial future was jeopardized.

The PALS Grant we received from the Brigance Brigade Foundation helped us remodel the only first floor bathroom in our house to make it wheelchair accessible and help me maintain my independence.