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Palm Desert Corvette Club donates $8,600 to LLUMC neurology department

Dennis Carbone, president of the Palm Desert Corvette Club, presents the $8,600 check to Laura Nist, MD, from LLUMC, for the ALS Multiple Disciplinary Clinic along with members of the club
Dennis Carbone, president of the Palm Desert Corvette Club, presents the $8,600 check to Laura Nist, MD, from LLUMC, for the ALS Multiple Disciplinary Clinic along with members of the club Tom and Jette Warka, Paul Aragon, Howard and Eddie Wallace, Penny and Ed Goad, John Bierie, Blayton and Lalaine Campbell, Judy Ziskind, Maggie and Jay Hamilton, John and Norine DeHolm, and Mel and Patty Schram.
On Sunday, November 5, the Palm Desert Corvette Club presented a check of $8,600 to the “Hearts for ALS” patient committee to benefit the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Multiple Disciplinary Clinic held at the Loma Linda University Medical Center neurology department. The presentation was held at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Medical Center.

The ALS Multiple Disciplinary Clinic is an all-day clinic that includes an exam by a physician, as well as physical, occupational, speech, dietitian, and neuropsychological therapy. When medical groups don’t allow their patients to come here due to non-contract issues, donations like this allow ALS patients to come for two visits a year free of charge.

ALS is a disorder of the motor neurons and nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control the action of voluntary muscles. In ALS, for unknown reasons, these nerve cells gradually die. As they die, the nerve fibers that travel from them to the muscles die, too, and the muscles that normally receive the signals from these nerve fibers can no longer function.

ALS most often strikes adults in late middle age (55-65). But there are people with ALS ranging from their teens to their 80s. It usually starts in a leg or arm, with weakness, stiffness, or cramping. Sometimes, the trouble starts in the mouth or throat, usually as difficulty forming words with the tongue and lips, or with voice volume or quality.

The Corvette Club raised money by hosting their Sixth Annual Fun Autocross & Car Show Benefit for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in May 2006. This was a three-day event. People who participated in the autocross competed for awards; others observed or viewed classic corvettes.

By Preston C. Smith

TODAY news for Thursday, November 16, 2006