Helping hands ……. #AlexOLoughlin: “My mother’s loving touch” #WalkToDefeatALS

Alex O’Loughlin and Fred Fisher – a radio interview with Dave Lawrence from Helping Hands

Friday afternoon, 5 September 2014 on Hawaii Public Radio


Dave: Alex, what brings you to the table?

Alex: Well, thanks for having me first of all. ALS is something that is kind of pretty up close and personal for me. My wife’s mother passed of ALS.

Seeing how it affected my in-laws and my wife. And also strangely enough, one of my close friends lost his father last Monday.

Dave: Alex, I was reading a little about you. I had read that your mom was a nurse.

I was wondering if her background in that role has brought to bear any kind of sense of responsibility for others or imperative to give back.

Alex: I’m really glad that you mention that Dave. My mom was a nurse. She was a great nurse. She was a community nurse in Australia. I remember vividly sick days, if I had a little cold or something and wasn’t going to school or perhaps on a weekend, I would do rounds with her.

Doing house calls for people who couldn’t leave their houses, or for whom it was extremely difficult to leave their house. So this is people who suffered from paraplegia, quadriplegia, Cerebral Palsy and of course Lou Gehrig’s disease, as it was known back then.

I met all these men and women and I got to know and love a few of them as well. And that was really important for me, because I got to see past that really quickly to the people. To get to know them and to become friends and really get to love some of them.

I remember my friend Michael Lanagan, he must have been about mid-30’s I guess, while I was like 5. I remember his house was all set up and he had ramps and he was quadriplegic. He had handles and a special bed.

What I remember so clearly, even at such a young age, looking at the situation and knowing that if my mom was not there that he’d be in trouble, you know, if somebody else wasn’t there, there was a lot to his life. And I was profoundly affected by that.

Dave: I think it is a great tribute to your mom, that all those time that she took you, that you never forgot it. And that you were able to incorporate that in your life about giving back.

Alex: That’s a really important piece, is that we will keep every dollar that we earn and raise here in the Hawaii Island to create care facilities that don’t exist.

Dave: And Alex O’Loughlin from Hawaii Five-0, please as well stay in touch and any time you want to support a cause and help out the disabled or others in need, I hope you’d come on this Helping Hands segment and let us help spread the word. I do appreciate your time.

Alex: Aloha Dave. Thank you very much.

Audio clip of Alex:

For the rest of the interview with Dave Lawrence  and Fred Fisher, use this link

And we just got the first pictures of Alex at The Walk to defeat ALS.


Filed under Alex O´Loughlin, Charity

10 responses to “Helping hands ……. #AlexOLoughlin: “My mother’s loving touch” #WalkToDefeatALS

  1. Thank you for sharing 🙂
    Alex’s mum is a great woman, she helped making him the caring and giving man that he is


  2. what a beautiful and humble man he is and his mom what a wonderful woman she must be.


  3. That was lovely. How great she was to be so much of an positive influence for Alex. Good on him for continuing to give to others in need.


  4. Finally understanding a bit more of his giving, kind, nature. I guess what you are taught at such a young age, will form you for the rest of your life. Pretty sure Mom O´Loughlin is very proud of his son.


  5. colleen

    What a sweet interview. It sounds like his mother taught him important lessons when he was young. That explains a lot. Thanks for this Foyeur.


  6. Thank you mrs O’Laughlin for teaching the meaning of humility
    caring,for other people as Alex does. You are from my stand point the best mom he could learn from. May God bless you and all that you have done for people and still probably are doing today. Thank you Shari Dillingham McIntyre.


  7. lindae5o

    And this is why we love Alex so much !!!


  8. Thanks FOYeur for the transcription. I wasn’t able to understand what he was saying on the radio.
    How great is this man.


  9. gracenotpark

    What vivid memories this man has! He was 5 and he carries that sensory memory still? His brain, man! He’s smart as well as extremely sentient. Just endlessly fascinating, and admirable. Any charity that takes him on as spokesperson is doing themselves a huge favor.


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