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S&A Raising ALS Awareness

A Walk to D'Feet ALS

On Sunday, October 2, 2004, the ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter, hosted its 5th Annual "Walk to D'Feet ALS" on the serene and picturesque eastern campus of the Cuyahoga Community College. ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, which is commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS is a fatal neuromuscular disease, characterized by progressive muscle weakness resulting in paralysis. "I volunteered as a Lou Gehrig look-a-like to greet nearly 1,500 participants at the event," said Eric Skidmore. "Any time that I can be mistaken for a 38 year old baseball Hall of Famer ... I am going to answer that call," he kidded. Dozens of families banded together to pay homage to their deceased loved ones and those afflicted with ALS, raising nearly $164,000.00. The proceeds will help support the Chapter’s fight against ALS and contribute to the national research portfolio. Any one seeking information about Lou Gehrig’s Disease can contact the ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter at or 216.592.2572.

An ALS Evening at the Cleveland Play House

On January 25, 2005, there was a special performance at the Cleveland Play House for the Hospice of the Western Reserve and the ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter of “Tuesdays with Morrie”. It is the stage adaptation of the best-selling book by Mitch Albom. Mr. Albom writes of his efforts to reacquaint himself with his collegiate mentor and professor, Morrie Schwartz, who is in the final stages of Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Realizing that time is precious, Mr. Albom meets Morrie every Tuesday, providing a final set of sessions on how to live life. “My wife and I attended this special performance as guests of the ALS Chapter ... which was so generous of them ... the performance was as realistic and riveting as the Brian Piccolo Story,” said Eric Skidmore. The Cleveland Play House did a wonderful job of hosting this elegant event. The performances by Charles Kartali (as Mr. Albom) and Bernie Passeltines (as Morrie) were dignified tributes to those afflicted with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and the people who know how special they are.