Thank you to all of the 5th Annual MOFF Hike x Brunch participants!
Thank you to everyone who came out to hike Felsman Loop in San Luis Obispo on Saturday, February 23rd. We all placed roses on Martha’s memorial bench and enjoyed a gorgeous view in great company. At the top of the hike, we read a poem that depicted ALS patients’ incredibly difficult journey with the disease. The poem was followed by quotes that embody the resilience of ALS patients. Martha was a beautiful example of that strength and bravery in action.
The ALS panel discussion during the brunch portion of the event was very well received. The panel answered the following questions:
What causes ALS?
Is there a high incidence of ALS on the Central Coast?
What happened to the $115M raised during the Ice Bucket Challenge?
What treatments are currently available to patients?
Where are your MOFF donations going in 2019?
Research Highlights: ASOs & STMN2 target for sporadic ALS
Our panelists were Natalie Fernandez from MOFF, Cherryl Goldstein, Stacy Inman and Janelle Webb from the ALS Association. Thank you very much to the ALS Association Golden West Chapter for participating in our first annual ALS Panel Discussion! We had a great time taking questions from donors regarding if ALS is one disease and also what future CRISPR technology has in the ALS research world. In order to align with the interdisciplinary approach to fighting ALS, we look forward to inviting an array of panelists to future hike x brunch events.
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