Photo by Christopher Evans 

Photo by Christopher Evans 

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John Martin is a loving husband and father as well as a long-time videographer at The New England Sports Network, who was recently diagnosed with ALS. This devastating news has meant an early and unexpected retirement, plus a whole lot of uncertainty about the future

Over his 19 years with NESN John often traveled with the Red Sox and Bruins. He was there in 2004 when the Sox finally broke that famous curse and he was in Vancouver when the Bruins won Game 7 to take home the Stanley Cup in 2011. If you ever watched a Bruins or Red Sox game, then you saw his work.  He also shot dozens of episodes of Charlie Moore Outdoors and a series of top notch documentaries covering some of New England's greatest athletes and stories. And he was pretty good at what he did, winning 5 Emmy Awards for his work.

Through all the grueling travel and long nights,  Johnny always had a smile on his face, the amazing ability to talk to- literally- everyone he came into contact with, and a wry sense of humor. Needless to say he made a lot of friends. He met and married the love of his life, Adrienne, and they have 2 beautiful daughters.

Over his 19 years with NESN John often traveled with the Red Sox and Bruins. He was there in 2004 when the Sox finally broke that famous curse and he was in Vancouver when the Bruins won Game 7 to take home the Stanley Cup in 2011. If you ever watched a Bruins or Red Sox game, then you saw his work.  He also shot dozens of episodes of Charlie Moore Outdoors and a series of top notch documentaries covering some of New England's greatest athletes and stories. And he was pretty good at what he did, winning 5 Emmy Awards for his work.

Through all the grueling travel and long nights,  Johnny always had a smile on his face, the amazing ability to talk to- literally- everyone he came into contact with, and a wry sense of humor. Needless to say he made a lot of friends. He met and married the love of his life, Adrienne, and they have 2 beautiful daughters.

ALS is a terrible progressive neurodegenrative disease that ultimately robs the body of its ability to move, however, John's diagnosis has not dimmed his natural exuberance or zest for life. He is an inspiration to all of us. But with the future cloudy we, his friends, want to make sure that John and his family don't need to be concerned about money, now or in the future.

Team Cafe Martin was created to not only support John and his family during this journey but to bring together a community of awesome people who care about each other now and always.