NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Hundreds gathered at Highland Park Church Saturday to help a man who has spent his career serving others.
Doug Goddard was recently diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Saturday's event was not only a fundraiser, but a celebration of Goddard's life.
"I am in the fight for my life, that's kind of what this is all for. A friend of mine told me this sort of restored their faith in humanity and I completely agree with that," Goddard expressed to News 2.
He has spent his career serving others. Goddard has been a Brentwood firefighter for more than twenty-five years.
"It was my only job, my only job. Just a career span of helping people, a public servant and doing my call of duty to help people," he explained.
The father of three and grandfather of six has lived 46 years without any symptoms until now. He was diagnosed with the terminal disease April 15th.
Now he is battling the disease day by day.
"I just want to live each day for today and find a blessing in some sort of meaning to all of this and I want the rest of my life to be the best of my life."
The event included a bake sale, silent auction, games and other activities.
More than $15,000 was raised for the Goddard family.
Anyone who would like to help with the family's medical bills can make donations by clicking here.