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S & A Goes to Bat for ALS Awareness

“On Friday, June 25, 2004, I got a phone call from a friend of the Firm, who is affiliated with The ALS Association’s Northeast Ohio Chapter,” said Archie W. Skidmore. ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, which is commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The local ALS Chapter was sponsoring “ALS Awareness Day at Canal Park” which was scheduled for Sunday, June 27, 2004. They wanted to feature a Lou Gehrig look-a-like to pose for souvenir pictures and distribute literature. The original Gehrig look-a-like dropped out and a Skidmore was there to take his place.

“I don’t think I look too much like him, but I used this opportunity to heighten my own awareness of ALS and Lou Gehrig. I immediately researched web sites and read about the Hall of Famer and his debilitating disease...I tried to rent the video ‘Pride of the Yankees’,” Eric E. Skidmore said. “At the event, I met family members of those who died of ALS and I was photographed with people who were afflicted with ALS. Those were some courageous folks with incredible strength, positive attitudes and admirable resolve with one common purpose - to increase awareness of ALS. We snapped and distributed hundreds of frames of souvenir pictures,” he added. “The members of the local ALS Chapter that I worked with at the event were very professional, enthusiastic and inspirational,” Eric E. Skidmore concluded. ALS Awareness Day at Canal Park marked the 65th anniversary of Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939 when he delivered those immortal words: “Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth....”

For more information regarding Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), please access the following web sites:

ALS Association USA
ALS Association NE Ohio Chapter
ALS Association Western Ohio Chapter
ALS Society of Canada
ALS Network
ALS Survival Guide
Focus On ALS
March Of Faces
Steve Weeks ALS Website
Les Turner ALS Foundation
ALS Consortium
The ALS Hope Foundation
ALS-PLS Research Fund

For additional information regarding Lou Gehrig, please access or read Lou Gehrig - An American Classic, by Richard Bak (1995), Taylor Publishing; Lou Gehrig - The Luckiest Man, by David A. Adler (1997), Gulliver Books; Lou Gehrig Pride of The Yankees, by Keith Brandt (1986); and Lou Gehrig: One Of Baseball’s Greatest, by Guernsey Van Riper, Jr., (1986).