CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Driving 4 Life campaign and the ALS Therapy Development Foundation (ALSTDF) are deeply saddened by the untimely loss of dear friend Bruce Edwards. We are honored to have known Bruce and to have observed the dignity and strength he possessed in his battle against ALS. Driving 4 Life is extremely grateful for the support from both Bruce and Marsha Edwards, who chose to support ALSTDF's research to slow, arrest, and cure ALS by creating the campaign that has collectively raised nearly $1 million to date. Everyone who has been a part of Driving 4 Life and the effort to fight ALS -- especially Bruce and Marsha Edwards, Jeff and Kim Julian, Tom and Hilary Watson and all friends and families affected by ALS -- has helped ALSTDF continue effectively running the leading drug discovery laboratory for today's ALS patients. Today, we remain focused and committed to our goal to slow, arrest, and cure ALS. "Bruce was one of those rare men who truly lived life on his own terms," said James Allen Heywood, Founder and Director of the ALS Therapy Development Foundation. "It was a privilege to get to know him and the love and response he inspired in others was obvious to everyone. His presence and his smile will be missed by us all." About ALSTDF Founded in 1999, the ALS Therapy Development Foundation (ALSTDF) is dedicated to discovering and developing treatments for ALS. The organization, which runs the leading drug discovery program for ALS, has collaborated with 30 for-profit companies and academic institutions to perform advanced investigations of more than 60 near-patient drugs in its laboratories. Since the launch of its in vivo drug screening program in 2001, ALSTDF has discovered two novel therapeutic targets in ALS and identified two lead drug candidates. For more information on Driving 4 Life or to speak with ALSTDF's Research & Development team about ALS and the latest research, please visit http://www.als.net or http://www.driving4life.org.
SOURCE ALS Therapy Development Foundation