May is ALS Awareness Month and aims to raise visibility, support and advocacy for those who suffer with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS is a progressively neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, impacting a person’s ability to speak, swallow, breathe and walk. ALS is terminal and currently has no cure, but organizations such as ALS Ride For Life help raise funds for ALS research and advocate for those who have the disease and their caregivers and families.
On April 27, ALS Ride For Life celebrated their 25th anniversary at an event at The Larkfield. The event, attended by over 455 people, featured an awards ceremony and the presentation of the ALS Ride For Life Annual Scholarship which was awarded to four students. Since 2004, ALS Ride For Life has provided scholarships to 95 students for a total of $113,850.
PMG congratulates ALS Ride For Life on 25 years of advocacy and salutes this year’s scholarship award winners, Maxwell Weisman from Miller Place High School, Mackenzie Buscarino from Hauppauge High School, Maya Smith from Kings Park High School and Paige Olsen from St. Anthony’s High School (pictured with Ray Manzoni, Maureen Murphy, Marilyn Sloan, Christine Pendergast and Rich Panico).
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