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Miller School, ALS Recovery Fund Linkage Celebrated

10/27/2008

Over the years, the ALS Recovery Fund has been a steadfast, generous Miller School ally in the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

On Thursday, October 23, the Department of Neurology hosted a reception for the ALS Recovery Fund in the University of Miami Hospital’s Seminar Room. The event was to thank the organization for a $1 million gift partially endowing a chair for Walter G. Bradley, M.D., Miller School professor and chairman emeritus of neurology.

Scores of Recovery Fund members were in attendance, as was Bradley, current neurology chairman Ralph Sacco, M.D., and Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt., M.D.

The ALS Recovery Fund has several signature fundraising vehicles it uses annually, including the Jose A. Perez Golf ALS Classic at Doral, the ALS Recovery Fund 10k Run & 5k Run/Walk and the Ice Cream Festival at Dolphins Stadium.

The golf tournament was named after the father of ALS Recovery Fund board members Albert and Jose Perez. “My father was diagnosed with ALS in 1991, and passed away from the disease in 2001,” Jose Perez noted.

“I know he would be very, very happy that we’ve continued his legacy.”

Another ALS Recovery Fund vice president, Adam Silverman, mentioned that it was fitting that a chair concentrating on ALS would have Bradley’s name. “He’s (Bradley) been a constant with our organization for several years,” Silverman said. “He’s one of the leading authorities on ALS, not just in the United States, but in the world.”

With the Miller School for 18 years, Bradley said the ALS Recovery Fund’s help has been invaluable toward conducting ALS research and education.

“We’ve been fortunate to have a lot of wonderful people who have helped raise money for us to have an ALS center within the Department of Neurology,” Bradley said. “The endowed chair actually means that there will be an opportunity to recruit a world-class ALS researcher to come in and run the center.”

Goldschmidt is very familiar with the ALS Recovery Fund’s fundraising activities, having recently participated in the 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk. “We just have a beautiful relationship between the Miller School of Medicine and the Recovery Fund,” he said. “Here at the Miller School, we will never stop trying to find a cure.”