Author Archives: Mary Chapman

Motor Neurone Disease Association Earns High Praise

The United Kingdom-based Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association was commended recently at the Third Sector Awards for its efforts in the MND community. The nonprofit organization won high commendations in the “Charity of the Year: Over £5M” category at the annual awards, which recognizes the achievements of charitable organizations and…

‘Spennylympics’ Duo in UK Raise £150,000 for MND Association

Completing their version of 102 Olympic events — including archery, diving, and fencing — in 17 days, Stuart Bates and Charlotte Nichols raised some £150,000 (about $207,000) for the U.K.’s Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association. The Oxfordshire duo wound up their grueling challenge, thought to be the first of…

ALS Cellucci Fund Marathoners Hope to Raise $50K

It’s been a decade since the first UMass ALS Cellucci Fund team first participated in the Boston Marathon to raise funds to support University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) researchers in their quest to find better treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). So, this year is significant. The…

Grants Support Reeve Foundation’s Paralysis Resource Center

The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC), a comprehensive support program for people with paralysis, was awarded a five-year, multi-million dollar grant by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Effective as of July, the cooperative agreement between the two runs through June…

Every ALS Patient in New Jersey to Get Free Eye Gaze Technology

Thanks to a new partnership, every amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patient in New Jersey, about 400 in total, will have free access to eye gaze technology that can aid them in communicating. As the name suggests, this assistive technology helps people with neurodegenerative diseases, such as ALS, to communicate…

EveryLife Introduces First of Kind ‘Roadmap’ to ICD Codes

To help patient advocacy leaders and their partners better understand how global health statistics codes — known as ICD codes — are assigned, updated, and revised in the U.S. health information system, the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases is presenting a first-of-its-kind resource guide. The foundation created the…