In 2000, a group of neurologists and neuroscientists came together to form what is now known as the Program for Neurology Research & Discovery. Under the direction of Eva L. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology, the group has undertaken research in some of the most complex and challenging fields of disease. From ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) to the nerve damage that disables people with diabetes, they have made medical discoveries that are bringing treatments to patients. With a combination of mind power and technical resources found in few other places, the Program for Neurology Research & Discovery is leading the way in translating laboratory discoveries into new patient therapies.
ALS is a disease that results from the death of motor neurons within the brainstem and spinal cord. It is a progressive disease that usually leads to death within 5 years of diagnosis. As neurons die, patients lose the ability to voluntarily move body parts, and eventually, to breathe. When the brainstem is involved, patients lose the ability to speak and swallow. All the while, patients suffering from this disorder stay completely aware of their bodies deteriorating. It is a horrible disease, and one in dire need of a cure.
We recently lost a wonderful neighbor, Dr. Eric Baron, to the disease process. He was a brilliant physician, entrepreneur and father. He battled the disease for 8 years, making every effort to stay alive as long as possible to watch his daughter grow. He remained positive and determined, and truly touched the heart of all the people around him. He remains an inspiration to me and my family.
I have had the good fortune of working with Dr. Feldman and the Program for Neurology Research and Development for the last 12 years. My nephew, Zach Kelly, has come all the way from Emory College to work with the lab during the last 2 summers. You would be hard-pressed to find a more determined and brilliant group of physicians and scientists. They are all passionate about their work and committed to finding a cure for ALS and other neurological diseases. Dr. Feldman is currently leading the first human stem-cell trial for the treatment of ALS.
At the young age of 43 (I'm 44 now...aged a year), I have decided to run my 1st marathon. My nephew Zach is running his first, at the spritely age of 20. Our hope is to make the experience and vigorous training all the more meaningful by using the opportunity to raise money for this cause. I hope you can find it in your heart to donate. Thank you!
If you want to learn more about the Program for neurology research and discovery, visit the following website: http://www.med.umich.edu/PNRD/About/index.html
If you want to learn more about me, go to www.lakeshoreent.com and click the link to the voice center.
If you want to learn more about Zach...you'll have to talk to him or try to friend him on facebook.