Brad Faxon to Help Launch the Driving 4 Life 'Quest for a Cure Open' at TPC of Boston this Spring.

Charity golf tournament to benefit local research center seeking treatments

for ALS

Mar 29, 2006, 00:00 ET from ALS Therapy Development Foundation

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Driving 4 Life is pleased to
 announce that PGA TOUR professional and local celebrity Brad Faxon will join a
 star studded line up of talent to kick off the Driving 4 Life Quest for a Cure
 Open at the Tournament Players Club of Boston in Norton, Massachusetts this
 May 8th. All Driving 4 Life charity golf tournaments benefit ALS TDF, a local
 nonprofit research center seeking a treatment and cure for ALS.
     Commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS is an incurable disease
 affecting about 600 Massachusetts residents (30,000 in the US and 350,000
 worldwide).  While more is known today about ALS than during Gehrig's battle,
 the cause of ALS largely remains a mystery.
     "We're thrilled to be holding this event in Boston. The Quest for a Cure
 Open will honor all ALS patients throughout New England, past and present, and
 provide our local community a chance to play on one of the best courses in the
 world, for a very worthy cause," remarks Driving 4 Life founder Kim Julian,
 widow of PGA TOUR professional and New England native Jeff Julian who
 succumbed to the disease in 2004, "when you combine the game of golf with a
 challenge such as ALS, you end up with a group of extraordinarily generous
 people, and an infinite amount of hope."
     ESPN analyst John Buccigross will join Brad on the golf course, and NESN
 sportscaster Bob Neumeier will emcee the evening portion of the event.
 Sponsors are still needed for the event.  For more information or to make a
 donation to Driving 4 Life, visit
     "We will break ALS down gene by gene, protein by protein and begin the
 tedious task of tracking how it develops in, and changes the body.  We will
 stop this disease one protein at a time if we have to." says James Heywood,
 ALS TDF Founder and CEO.
     About the Event: The Quest for a Cure Open is a charity golf event to
 benefit the ALS Therapy Development Foundation (ALS TDF). Part of the Driving
 4 Life Signature Series, this event will play a major role in raising the
 $500,000 needed to fund a new microscopy core at ALS TDF. Driving 4 Life is a
 fundraising campaign founded by PGA TOUR member Jeff Julian, World Golf Hall
 of Fame golfer Tom Watson, his long-time caddy Bruce Edwards and their wives,
 in 2003. Driving 4 Life has provided more than $3 million raised through
 nearly 100 golf fundraisers for ALS research.

SOURCE ALS Therapy Development Foundation