Charge for a Cure: Nearly $1,000 Raised for ALS in November!

Charge for a Cure Initiative

PHILADELPHIA - With the efforts of the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team, the program's Charge for a Cure initiative raised nearly $1,000 for ALS in the month of November. The first month in the program's five-month long initiative was dedicated to the ALS disease and all donations throughout the month go towards the ALS Association of America.

Fans can pledge a donation per offensive charge taken by the Penn women's basketball, typically up to $1 per charge for the season. The team took 16 charges and behind the help of 47 donors, the team raised $898 dollars in November. Donors have included many members of the Penn Athletics Department, Penn Alumni, current athletes, members of the media and family and friends. The team will donate to a different charity each month.

"I think this has been a really great effort by so many people," said head coach Mike McLaughlin. "The money is extremely helpful to the cause and its a great thing, but even more so is the awareness that this initiative brings toward these diseases. We are grateful to raise money for these causes, but we always felt the most important part of this initiative was about raising awareness. We are getting more donors on a daily basis and we hope this continues to grow so that we have the opportunity to reach as many people as possible."

Please join the women's basketball team as it looks to make a difference in the lives of the people that this disease affects every day. To join the team in Charge for a Cure, contact assistant coach Kara Cassidy at karacass@upenn.edu. For more information, and a list of organizations the women's basketball program plans on helping this season, click here.

About ALS
ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and is also known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," after the New York Yankees baseball player who was diagnosed with the disease in 1939. ALS is a progressive, fatal, neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. These nerve cells, specifically motor neurons, control voluntary muscle movements throughout the body. The degeneration of the motor neurons results in a lack of muscle nourishment, which causes the muscle to waste away over time. This is what eventually leads to the patient's death.

ALS can affect anyone. Approximately 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year. The average life expectancy of an ALS patient is about two to five years from the time of diagnosis. Although, about twenty percent of people with ALS will live five years or more and up to ten percent will survive more than ten years and five percent will live 20 years.

The ALS Association of America was established in 1985 and its stated mission is "To lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global, cutting edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support." 2010 marks the ALS Association of America's 25th anniversary in its fight against the disease.

For more information on ALS and the ALS Association of America visit www.alsa.org

Thanks to our donors!!
Dionne Anthon
Pam Banks
Dave Bryan
Fran Cassidy
Karli Cassidy
Kara Cassidy
Kathy Cunnigham
Mr. and Mrs. Dickson
Kirsten Dineen
Eric Dolan
Sue and Dave Dolan
Tom and Carol Donatucci
Jen Dougherty
Chas Dorman and Emily Markis
George Dorshimer
Geoff Filinuk
Bill Finger
Connie Furey
Julie Greger
Noah Gutskey
Karen Habrukowich
Kelly Killion
Denise Kimmel
Bernadette Laukaitis
Mike Mahoney
Mike McLaughlin
Phil McLaughlin
Diane Mussoline
Luke Nawrocki
Trish Nichols
Julie Power
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Rhoads
Theresa Sanchez
Luci Sweeney
Penn Women's Basketball team
DP Sports Editors

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December is dedicated to Lupus and all donations from charges taken during that month will benefit the Lupus Foundation of America.