May 2017 Monthly Update | The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter


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"Team We Are Carol Moeller" Takes on the
2017 Long Island Marathon to Help Fight ALS

In an amazing demonstration of strength and courage, three months after her ALS diagnosis Carol Moeller finished her final 10k race at the 2016 Long Island Marathon.  

“She couldn’t speak, was having trouble walking, couldn’t swallow, and she delayed her feeding tube operation so she could compete in the 10k race. She did it and she didn’t give up. She was a week away from having a feeding tube inserted into her body, but still pushed herself into completing a 10k,” Carol’s son, Kevin Moeller said. ”

“Carol’s other son Dennis Moeller added, “Mom was in the middle and we surrounded her like secret service. She fell twice during the race. A mile before the finish line, we helped her up and my brother and I each had an arm around her. We told her to slow down and she just moaned the word, RUN! She finished the race and it was really special.”

“This year the Moeller family will be running the Long Island Marathon, on May 7th, in honor of their mother Carol who passed away last October. ”

“I know it would make her feel good that I’ve been training the way she always did. We owe it to her. We saw her run with very limited abilities and I said if my mom can run 6 miles while already losing her ability to smile, stand up straight, or to cry, there is no way I can’t run the 26 miles. There is no quit in any of us,” Dennis said.

Running was always a part of Carol’s life, so the tribute is more than fitting.

“She would wake up at 4:30 in the morning and run 6 to 10 miles, 6 days a week, and be home in time to make breakfast, get us to school, and go to work. That was her routine for 30 years,” Dennis said. “Running is the only way to honor her, in the way she truly deserves.”

The Moeller family is hoping this run will bring with it support, because their goal now is to raise awareness, and bring in funds for research. So far “Team We Are Carol Moeller” is closing in on its $20,000 dollar initial goal.

“My mom kept asking for something to help her, some magic pill that would take this all away. And you know, hopefully through these efforts we are going to help someone, somewhere, come up with that magic pill.” Kevin said.

But until that day the Moeller family says they will continue to run for ALS and continue to fight for a cure. Dennis said when he needs motivation to keep on going he just hears the words his son told him during one of his training sessions, “Daddy, I think Grandma is cheering for you from the sky.”

If you would like to show your support and donate to Team We Are Carol Moeller head to tinyurl.com/carolmoeller


Emily Moles Tackles New Role as
President of the Young Professionals Group

Emily Moles is all too familiar with the devastating effects of ALS. Emily’s mom, Bethanne Moles was diagnosed with ALS in 2010. Three years ago Emily decided to join the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter Young Professionals Group (YPG), and was recently elected YPG President.  

“I wanted to get involved, because living out of state, away from my mom, I wanted to find a way to continue to help out,” Emily said. “My mom is part of a really great family and has so much support around her, but not everybody has that. Why wouldn’t you want to help if you have the time and resources?”

“Emily said it’s important to recognize that while strides have been made there is still a long way to go when it comes to both awareness and ultimately finding a cure.

“In terms of awareness there has obviously been a lot of progress since my mom was diagnosed,” Emily said. “With ALS it’s still all about making someone as comfortable as possible, that’s all you can do.

“It’s heartbreaking because it’s such a progressive disease and the decline is hard because people are all there mentally, and to be fully aware that you are deteriorating is terrifying.”

“Which is why Emily has lofty goals for the YPG this year, including increasing membership, fundraising, and event attendance.

“I want to raise a ton of money, I want to fundraise because money is what got us the research discoveries, and in the end money is what helps patients. There is very little that I can do in terms of finding a cure, but I can definitely sponsor people to do so,” Emily said. “I also want more patient outreach by our members and volunteers. People with families who live out of state need us, and it’s important to show our core community that we really care.”

If you are interested in joining the YPG, their next meeting is on May 25th at the ALS Greater New York Chapter office at 42 Broadway Suite 1724. For more information or to be added to their mailing list for meetings and fundraising events, you can email YPG@als-ny.org or call Brett Murphy at 212.720.3052.


 2017 Walk Dates

New York CitySat., May 6, 2017  

Jersey ShoreSun., May 21, 2017 

North JerseySun., June 4, 2017  

Westchester, NY Sun., June 25, 2017

Long IslandSat., Sept. 16, 2017 

Central JerseySat., Oct. 7, 2017 

Hudson Valley, NY - Sun., Oct. 15, 2017

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MAY SUPPORT GROUP DATES

NASSAU COUNTY, NY
Sunday, May 7th, 2017 from 2 to 4pm
Northwell Health - Plainview Hospital
888 Old Country Road
Plainview, NY 11803 (Downstairs)
Contact: Cindy Keyser-Posner, LMSW
(631) 416-2767
Carol Bishop, RN, (631) 219-0947
Topic: ALS Awareness Month / Open Discussion
Next month's support group meets: June 4th, 2017

LOWER HUDSON VALLEY, NY
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 - 6 to 8 pm
Ambulatory Surgery Center Bldg. C, 1st Fl.
Suite 130 (across from the elevator)
200 Westage Business Center
Fishkill, NY 12524
Contacts: Helen Mayer, RN (845) 520-0952
Nancy Brenner, LCSW, (914) 406-3513
Topic: ALS Awareness Month / Open Discussion
Next month's support group meets: June 6th, 2017

SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 - 6 to 8 pm
Stony Brook University, Dept. of Neurology
179 N. Belle Mead Road
East Setauket, NY 11733
Contacts: Cindy Keyser-Posner, LMSW
(631) 416-2767
Theresa Imperato, RN (516) 946-5467
Topic: ALS Awareness Month / Open Discussion
Next month's support group meets: June 6th, 2017

WESTCHESTER, NY/WHITE PLAINS
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 - 6 to 8 pm
Burke Rehabilitation Center
785 Mamaroneck Avenue, Building 7
White Plains, NY 10601
Contacts: Helen Mayer, RN (845) 520-0952
Nancy Brenner, LCSW, (914) 406-3513
Topic: ALS Awareness Month / Open Discussion
Next month's support group meets: June 13th, 2017

MANHATTAN,NY
Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 - 6 to 8 pm
Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital
Phillips Ambulatory Care Center
10 Union Square East (b/w 14th & 15th Sts.)
New York, NY 10003
Neurology Dept., 5th Floor Conf. Room
Contact: Jody Wiesel, PhD, (917) 699-9751
Topic: ALS Awareness Month / Open Discussion
Next month's support group meets: June 20th, 2017

NORTHERN NJ
Thursday, May 4th, 2017- 7 to 9 pm 
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
300 Market Street, Saddle Brook, NJ 07663
Contacts: Debbie Schlossberg, LMSW
(732) 710-8832
Mary Ann Mertz, RN, (908) 552-5573
Topic: ALS Awareness Month / Open Discussion
Next month's support group meets: June 1st, 2017

CENTRAL NJ
Saturday, May 20th, 2017- 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Robert Wood Johnson Fitness & Wellness Center
100 Kirkpatrick Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901, Level 2
Community Education Room
Contacts: Debbie Schlossberg, LMSW
(732) 710-8832
Mary Ann Mertz, RN, (908) 552-5573
Topic: ALS Awareness Month / Open Discussion
Next month's support group meets: June 17th, 2017

JAMES J. PETERS BRONX VA MEDICAL CENTER
* Open To Veterans and Non Veterans *
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 from 1 to 3 pm
130 West Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, NY 10468
1E - Dayroom SCI Unit
Contacts: Michelle McKenzie, LMSW (718) 644-1750
Carmen Rivas, RN (718) 584-9000 ext. 5405
April Jones, RN (718) 584-9000 ext. 5213
Topic: ALS Awareness Month / Open Discussion
Next month's support group meets: June 14th, 2017

TELEPHONE SUPPORT GROUPS

Patient group: Every Wednesday from 2:30 to 3:30 pm
 

Caregivers group: Every Wednesday from 4 to 5pm

SUMMER CAMPS FOR KIDS

If you are interested in summer camps for kids who are coping with a loved one with ALS or who are already bereaved, please call Sue Zimmerman, LCSW, Patient Services Coordinator at 212-720-3050 for information. 

Join our Young Professionals Group

The YPG generates awareness of the fight against ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) by developing fun, sophisticated and meaningful opportunities for their peers to get involved in the cause.

To find out about the next general meeting of the Young Professionals Group please email alsypg@gmail.com. For information about the ALS Association's Young Professionals Group, contact Brett Murphy at (212) 720-3052 or bmurphy@als-ny.org. Visit the YPG website here.


Matching Gifts: The Inside Scoop

Many companies allow their employees to direct their charitable giving programs through matching gifts. When an employee notifies the company that he/she has made a charitable donation, the company will make a gift of the same amount, and in some cases double the amount, to the same charitable organization. Matching Gift Programs are a wonderful way for employees to make their charitable dollars stretch farther at no cost to themselves.

If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter may be doubled or possibly tripled!

For more information, call Ruth Wolcson, Gift Coordinator, (212) 720-3041 or wolcson@als-ny.org.


Sign Up For The National ALS Registry

The National ALS Registry is an important tool researchers can use in the fight against ALS. People living with Lou Gehrig’s Disease may self enroll in the Registry via a secure online web portal at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/als.

For more about the ALS Registry, contact Christine Dunn in the Chapter office at (212) 720-3044 or
dunn@als-ny.org. Chris can also help you with your enrollment.


In Need of Help?

If you are a patient, caregiver, or family member and need a little help to lighten your work load please contact us and we will request a volunteer for you. Volunteers can help in many ways - from walking your dog, shopping, or just reading a good book to you. Contact Christine Dunn at (212) 720- 3044 or dunn@als-ny.org.


Here's how you can make a difference.

Create a world without ALS by getting involved with The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter. Whether joining the Walk to Defeat ALS®, volunteering your time to support the ALS community, or sharing your story to honor our loved ones and spread awareness, there are plenty of ways to join the fight! Every action you take to Challenge ALS furthers our mission and accelerates finding a treatment and a cure for this devastating disease. For more information contact Kristen Cocoman at (212) 720-3048 or email cocoman@als-ny.org.

Advocate

The Greater New York Chapter continues to be on the front lines of policy debates that shape the lives of people with ALS. From healthcare to research to veterans affairs, The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter is at the table on the federal, state and local levels of government making the concerns of ALS patients and their families and caregivers known.

If you're interested in joining our advocacy efforts, please contact Regina Ackley, Chief Operating Officer, at (212) 720-3047 or ackley@als-ny.org.

Volunteer

We need volunteers to help our patients and their families. Some PALS may need help with daily tasks; families and caregivers of our PALS may need help as well to lighten their work load a bit. There are so many ways to help - from watching a movie together or reading, or even helping with some household chores.

If you are looking for a way to get involved please click here to learn how you can help people with ALS. You can also call Christine Dunn at (212) 720-3044 or email: dunn@als-ny.org.

Donate

Make a generous donation to find a cure, fund life saving research or to provide much needed equipment and services. To make a donation online, please click here or contact Regina Ackley, Chief Operating Officer, at (212) 720-3047 or ackley@als-ny.org. To mail a donation, please address to: The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter, 42 Broadway, Suite 1724, New York, NY 10004. Thank you for your generous support.

Tribute

Our online Tribute Wall offers individuals and families a way to honor and remember those whose lives have been affected by ALS. Through this online collection of photos, messages, and notes we hope to share the stories of the hundreds of people in our region with Lou Gehrig's disease. If you would like to share a message and a photo, please email your submission of the name of the person and a brief paragraph of no more 200 characters along with a photograph to tribute@als-ny.org.

Connect

Find out instantly about the latest in ALS research, advocacy efforts, special events, and patient services. Additionally, if you or a loved one have a blog about living with ALS, please let us know.  Stay connected.

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