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DJ Jeff Neckonoff poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at New Year's Eve ALS Fundraiser for Shirat Devorah
Commitee Member and Organizer Chana Samson-braverman poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at New Year's Eve ALS Fundraiser for Shirat Devorah
Shirat Devorah sisters Serena Pollack and Hindy Ginsberg poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at New Year's Eve ALS Fundraiser for Shirat Devorah
Committe Member Cindy Shayovitz poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at New Year's Eve ALS Fundraiser for Shirat Devorah
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at poses for a photo-op at New Year's Eve ALS Fundraiser for Shirat Devorah
Deborah Danielle Schochet poses for a photo-op with her family
Deborah Danielle Schochet poses for a photo-op with her husband
Supporters attended the New Year's Eve ALS Fundraiser for Shirat Devorah at Congregation Beth Sholom in Lawrence New York.
It was An Elegant Fundraiser to Fight the dreaded disease ALS
Emcee for the Evening Was DJ Jeff Neckonoff with Live Performance by Moshe Hecht www.moshehecht.comm Musical entertainment by Azamra DJ and Walk-Around Magician & Mentalist, Marc Garfinkel
Due to the generosity of all the vendors, 100% of the proceeds went to the Shirat Devorah ALS Foundation, a registered 501c non profit.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
ALS was first described in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn't until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease when he abruptly retired from baseball after being diagnosed with ALS. Most commonly, the disease strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time. ALS has cut short the lives of other such notable and courageous individuals as Hall of Fame pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Senator Jacob Javits, actors Michael Zaslow and David Niven, creator of Sesame Street Jon Stone, television producer Scott Brazil, boxing champion Ezzard Charles, NBA Hall of Fame basketball player George Yardley, pro football player Glenn Montgomery, golfer Jeff Julian, golf caddie Bruce Edwards, British soccer player Jimmy Johnstone, musician Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter), photographer Eddie Adams, entertainer Dennis Day, jazz musician Charles Mingus, composer Dimitri Shostakovich, former vice president of the United States Henry A. Wallace and U.S. Army General Maxwell Taylor.
Devorah is just one of the beneficiaries of the ALS foundation.
A 39-year-old mother of four struggling to get back on her feet after her home was destroyed by Sandy, was just diagnosed with ALS.
This disease has no cure. She has been given 2-4 years to live as her body degenerates.
She and her family need to still repair their home, and while doing so, ensuring it will be accessible for her growing adaptive needs.
Medical treatment, including a stem cell trial, which is not covered by insurance, is also an absolute necessity.
The foundation hit their initial goal of $100,000, but Devorah's expenses just to repair her home are in excess of $140,000 plus there are medical treatments and adaptations required for her home to make it livable as her physical needs change.
Please help us get to our goal of raising $200,000 for her and her family.
For more info on Devorah, please see her blog:
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