Why We Run

 

Finding a cure for ALS is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts. Our involvement with this event has given us a true perspective on living life. We have met so many heroes who have lived or are living inspirational lives with ALS.

We run to help find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) sometimes known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease after the baseball great who died of it in 1942. ALS is a progressive and ultimately fatal neurological disease that attacks the motor neurons in the brain, brain stem and spinal cord. The resulting motor neuron loss causes increasingly debilitating paralysis as the muscles of the body waste away. Death comes when victims lose critical functions such as the ability to swallow and ultimately, to breathe.

ALS is particularly insidious because the intellect remains intact throughout the course of the disease. Victims are cruelly aware of their fate as they gradually lose the ability to control their muscles, to communicate, and eventually to breathe.

An estimated 30,000 Americans, alive and apparently well today, will die from ALS. ALS can strike anyone—of any age, ethnic origin or gender. Approximately 90% of cases appear sporadic, while 10% of cases are familial, occurring more than once in a family. ALS can strike at any age and most victims die within two to five years of the onset. Once you know someone with ALS, you become acutely aware of the importance of finding a cure.

The cause of ALS is unknown. There is no known effective preventative treatment, and there is no known cure. There is, however, promising research currently underway. We are truly on a race for a cure. Your support can help advance this important work to find a cure for ALS. The research also will help to cure other neurological diseases such as Parkinsons and Alzheimers Disease.

Our mission is to raise awareness and to raise money for medical research leading to a cure for ALS. We also strive to have a fun-filled and spirited day to celebrate those that are living with ALS as well as those that have lost their battle with the disease. 100% 0f all money raised goes directly to the Angel Fund, a non- profit organization benefitting the Cecil B. Day Laboratory of Neurological Research at UMASS Medical School.

View our video that explains our cause and Why We Run.

-The Sharon Timlin Race to Cure ALS Leadership Team
 
 

Faces of ALS

 

Bryna “Bunny” Alper

“To have a friend is to be a friend.” This is what my mom, Bryna “Bunny” Alper, said to me when I once asked her why she had so many friends.

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Brian R. Cody

Brian R. Cody of Weymouth, Mass., was a teacher of Business Technology at Assabet Regional Vocational High School and very active in the Young Adult Ministry of Boston and One With One, Inc. of Brighton.

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Bill Giarla

Probably most people think their mother is special – my siblings and I fall into that group – we thought our mother (Dorothy Giarla) was very special.

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Bruce Statham

Bruce Statham had always been a healthy, young, vibrant person. He was a high school track runner and football player, golfer, skier, mountain biker, and hiker.

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Carolyn Hoener Gondran

My sister was the strongest woman I have ever met. Her intelligence and no-nonsense common sense was truly uncommon. It was amazing to watch her cut through emotional roadblocks and assess any situation with clarity, including ALS.

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Catherine Merloni

Catherine, called “Kay” by her family and friends, was born in Framingham, MA, on June 15, 1912. She was an exceptionally bright child and excelled in school.

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Denis Roy

Denis Roy, was born on July 26, 1952 in Fall River, MA. He grew up in Millis, MA, along with his 3 brothers and sister.

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Dolores M. David

Dolly was the older of two children born to Francis and Stacia Kujawski. She grew up in Webster, graduated from Bartlett High School in 1947, and started work as a secretary and ended her career as a legal assistant, 43 years later retiring in 1998.

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Freeman Pittman

Freeman Pittman was born in Appleton, Wisconsin on May 6, 1951 to Knowles and Edith Pittman. He grew up in Winnetka, Illinois and attended New Trier High School, then American University, where he majored in history.

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Ginny DelVecchio

How would those who knew my mom, Ginny DelVecchio, describe her and her life? As a child, my grandparents would describe her as sweet, outgoing and very social. She loved being around people and making friends.

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George K. Mazareas

George K. Mazareas is a native of Lynn, Massachusetts and a 1978 graduate of Milton Academy.

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Janice Gendron

Janice Gendron was diagnosed with ALS in August 2011. After just two short and heartbreaking years, she passed on Aug. 11, 2013.

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Jimmy Armstrong

As a young boy, Jimmy Armstrong was known as the best go-cart racer in the neighborhood. He grew up in Franklin, MA, as one of four children.

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Coach Jim Cotter

Fifty years have passed since Coach Jim Cotter’s days as a scholar athlete at Boston College and BCHIGH, but time has not diminished his commitment to his alma maters and the mission of St. Ignatius and the Jesuits.

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Jimmy Jones

The eldest of eight children, Jimmy Jones was born in 1943 in South Boston, MA. In 1965, he married Lianne Collins, and together they raised two sons; Chris and Jim.

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Joe Shambo Jr.

Joe Shambo, Jr., was born in Oswego, NY in 1961 and grew up in Carthage, NY. In1985, he moved to Massachusetts and worked in Waltham, MA at BayBank where he met Maureen Brooks.

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Larry Gilligan

Larry Gilligan was born May 1968 to Rosanna and Robert Gilligan. He was born and raised in Malden, MA. After graduating from Malden High in 1986 he continued his education at Penn State University.

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Mary Pomer O’Donnell

Mary Pomer O’Donnell was born in Boston on Sept. 13, 1963, the sixth of 12 children of Frank A. Pomer and Margaret (Flatley) Pomer.

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Matt Bruce

Matt was born on July 10, 1987. He grew up in Northborough and graduated from Algonquin Regional High School in 2005.

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Melanie (Krikorian) Maxwell

Melanie (Krikorian) Maxwell was 32 years old when she had to deliver the news to her husband, 5 year old daughter and 6 year old son that she had been diagnosed with ALS.

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Mark Gray

Mark Gray and his wife Lucille have lived in West Roxbury since 1977. Mark grew up in the 1950s and 1960s in Boise, Idaho, then a small northwestern city surrounded by mountains, deserts, ranches, and irrigated farms.

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Dorothy Giarla

Probably most people think their mother is special – my siblings and I fall into that group – we thought our mother (Dorothy Giarla) was very special.

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Marilyn (Collins) Zullo

Marilyn (Collins) Zullo was born June 23, 1930 in Franklin, NH where she grew up and went to school. She went on to marry Antonio Zullo on June 25, 1949.

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Norma Stolper

Norma Picker Stolper was born in Newark, New Jersey on May 27, 1915, the fourth of five children.

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Phil Henault

Phil Henault was born in Milford, Massachusetts on July 30, 1967 at Milford Hospital. When he left the hospital, he went home to Anthony Road in Franklin, MA, where he lived until 1992, when he married me, Rose.

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Patty Martini

Patty Martini was my sister and my best friend… she was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 25.

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Ralph Viscariello

ALS entered our lives in June 2006. We lost the light of our family on 8/24/10. Ralph was gregarious, engaging, a loving husband, father and friend to all.

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Renate Goucher

Renate Goucher (Rene) was born October 6, 1940 in Germany. At the age of 16, she came to America and was determined to learn English as quickly as possible.

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Richard Lissy

Richie (aka Poppa) was born in New York City in 1940. When he was 2 years old he moved to New Britain, CT, with his parents and younger sister Marie.

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Stephen Bruce Alcott

Stephen Bruce Alcott, or “Grumpy” as he was lovingly called by all of his grandchildren, was born on July 24, 1944. Steve moved from Maryland to attend Tufts University where he pursued an engineering degree.

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Stella Bastarache

It’s time to “Stella-brate!” Our mother, Stella, has always been the kind of generous, caring person who will do anything for anyone.

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Sheila Charter Duggan

Sheila Duggan Charter was born in Liverpool, England in 1935 to Irish parents. She later lived in Wales, Scotland, Ireland and London, before relocating to Nashua, NH after marriage.

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Sean Keating

No one chooses ALS to be a part of their life. It chooses you. Sean Keating lived life to the fullest! He was a devoted husband, proud father, loving son, and doting grandfather.

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Susan (Karijanian) Boghossian

Susan (Karijanian) Boghossian was born June 9, 1929 in Niagara Falls, NY. She graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1947 before moving to Chicago.

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Tom Cunniff

Thomas Lawrence Cunniff was born Sept. 25, 1934. The oldest of five children, he had three sisters and one brother.

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Josephine Engler Wechsler

Born in April, 1922, Josephine (better known as Jo), was the youngest of three daughters, whose parents emigrated from Eastern Europe in the late 1880’s and settled in Manhattan, New York City.

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Dianne Lynn Bearor

Raised in a small town in Maine, Dianne, her sister and brother were the children of a postman and a stay-at-home mother.

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FUNDRAISE
 
Join our Angel Fundraising Challenge and help us raise money to cure ALS. (New this year: Special edition baseball hats for anyone that raises over $500). Set up your fundraising page here. All proceeds benefit The Angel Fund, an independent, non-profit charity benefitting ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) research at UMASS Medical School.
DONATE
 
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SPONSORSHIP
 
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CONTACT
 
P.O. Box 53
Woodville, MA 01784
run4als@gmail.com
 

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