Bay Area Youth to Represent ALS Patients at Giants' and Angels' Baseball Games on July 4th
Corey Reich, 23, ALS Ambassador for the World's Largest ALS Research Center, will Participate in Events and Meet with Patients and Advocates
"My hope is that my presence at both games will help to put a new face on this disease by providing a personal connection to ALS," said Corey. "Although it is an orphan disease, I hope to bring larger public awareness and increased funding for research, which could speed up the discovery of therapies for people like me living with ALS."
Corey was diagnosed in July of 2007, but he had shown symptoms for several years prior. After his diagnosis, he returned to
Corey's attendance at the Giants' and Angels' games coincides with the culmination of Major League Baseball's "4ALS Awareness" campaign. MLB is working with four leading organizations -- The ALS Association, ALS TDI, Augie's Quest (the Muscular Dystrophy Association's ALS research initiative) and Project A.L.S. -- whose primary goal is to find a cure for ALS. The initiative will culminate on
"Corey is an amazing and positive young man. He and his family have impacted us greatly at ALS TDI. We are very lucky to have an opportunity to know him and have his family's support for our work. It is heartbreaking that there is so little that can be done for young men and women like Corey today. That is unacceptable, and we must not stop until we have a better answer for all ALS patients," said
Although Corey is a life-long Oakland Athletics fan, he and his father Ted, mother Wendy, and sister Clare, will take part in a pre-game celebration honoring
More information on Corey and his efforts can be found online at www.coreyscrusaders.alscommunity.org. The "4ALS Awareness" campaign is a joint effort between four ALS organizations; the ALS Association, the MDA/Augie's Quest, Project ALS, and ALS TDI. More information is available on the Official 4ALS Webpage at MLB.com; www.mlb.com/4als
About ALS TDI
The mission of the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) is to develop effective therapeutics that slow or stop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS,
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