Driving 4 Life Mourns Loss of Hero And Founder Bruce Edwards; Campaign to Cure ALS will Continue on in His Honor

Apr 09, 2004, 01:00 ET from ALS Therapy Development Foundation

    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
     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