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TODAY news for Thursday, October 7, 2004

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Palm Desert Corvette Club donates $6,000 to LLUMC neurology department

Paul Aragon presents the $6,000 check to Laura Nist, MD in front of some corvettes
Paul Aragon presents the $6,000 check to Laura Nist, MD, from Loma Linda University Medical Center, for the ALS Multiple Disciplinary Clinic.
On Sunday, July 25, the Palm Desert Corvette Club presented a check of $6,000 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 10:00 a.m. in front of Loma Linda University Medical Center.The ALS Multiple Disciplinary Clinic is an all-day clinic that includes an exam by a physician, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, dietitian, and neuropsychological therapist. 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 to 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, making it difficult to form words with the tongue and lips, or to control voice volume or quality.The Corvette Club raised money by hosting their Fifth Annual Fun Autocross & Car Show Benefit for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in April, 2004. This was a two-day event. People who participated in the autocross competed for awards; others observed or viewed classic corvettes.

TODAY news for Thursday, October 7, 2004