[press release provided by Anne Nolan]
On Friday, September 23, Parsons sponsored a mixed tennis tournament to raise money for the Huntsville Walk to Defeat ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). The tournament was held at local tennis club, Athletic Club Alabama. Over 50 players competed – the winners for the 6.0 division were Andrea Foust and Parker Foust, the 7.0 division winners were Amy Thomas and Austen Young, and the 8.0 winners were Tiffany Bartholf and Nevin Langdon. The tournament raised over $5,000, thanks in part to the generous sponsorships, donations of raffle and silent auction items, and players’ participation. Other sponsors include: Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI); Cummings Aerospace; Willbrook Solutions; Summit 7; Johnson Partners; and the Lioce Group. Raffle items and in-kind donations were given by: Ain’t Life Cool, Below the Radar, Church Street Wine Shoppe, Terramé, the Ledges, Rolo’s, Belezza Salon and Spa, TopSpin Tennis, Prince, Tellinis, Inspire Salon, and Panera Bread.
Often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis. Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries. This crippling disease can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease though support is bringing researchers closer to an answer. It costs an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need.
Money raised from Walk to Defeat ALS events across the country enables the national ALS Association to be aggressive in battling ALS on a variety of fronts. It has committed more than $99 million to find effective treatments and a cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The global research effort has helped increase the number of scientists working on ALS, advanced new discoveries and treatments, and has shed light on the complex genetic and environmental factors involved in ALS. Recent findings show real promise and hope. Through advocacy, education and awareness, we are waging a relentless battle against ALS. Our advocacy efforts have been instrumental in securing more support for ALS patients and increased government funding for ALS research. Information on upcoming events and activities can be found at our website: www.ALSAlabama.org