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Worcester, MA, May 4, 2012—The Muscular Dystrophy Association's (MDA) 6th Annual ALS Evening of Hope will be presented by Sigel Family Foundation on Thursday, May 10th at the UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA at 6 p.m. There will be a cocktail reception, silent auction, gourmet food and award presentations. The Evening of Hope will benefit MDA's ALS Research and Clinical Care Program at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
Three awards will be presented at the Evening of Hope, which include the James E. Wallace Jr. Evening of Hope Spirit Award, MDA Lou Gehrig Humanitarian Award and the Morton H. Sigel Memorial Award.
The James E. Wallace Jr. Evening of Hope Spirit Award will be presented to Wayne Harris of Northbridge. Mr. Harris was diagnosed with ALS in 2009 and is an inspiration to all he meets. His career was as an occupational therapist assisting and advocating for individuals living with disabilities to be more independent.
The MDA Lou Gehrig Humanitarian Award will be presented to Diane McKenna-Yasek RN, BSN, of the Neurology Department at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Diane is dedicated to providing the finest care to patients and families with ALS. She is also instrumental in the research being done into the causes of ALS - Lou Gehrig's disease - at Dr. Robert Brown's lab at UMass.
The final award, the Morton H. Sigel Memorial Award, was named in memory of Morton H. Sigel who passed away in 2006 after receiving a diagnosis of ALS. Mr. Sigel was a graduate and trustee of Clark University and an icon in the Worcester area. He founded Millbrook Distributors in 1960, received the Distinguished Service Award from Clark University in 2001 and was inducted into the Massachusetts Food Association Hall of Fame in 2005. Mr. Sigel also served as Chair of the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research, and was instrumental in facilitating the successful merger of the Worcester Foundation with University of Massachusetts Medical School. This award will be presented to Ride-Away Corp, which has been supportive and dedicated to the life of individuals with ALS, as well as MDA's fight against ALS and other neuromuscular diseases.