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Watch the law firm of Vincent J. Russo & Associates take the ALS ICE BUCKET Challenge
I was recently nominated by my summer intern, Danny Mayper, to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I happily accepted and decided to challenge my staff to also take a stand against ALS. I am proud to say that this past Friday, 15 of us stepped up to help find a cure for ALS.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a horrifying disease and we need a cure!
There are an estimated 450,000 people living with ALS worldwide, and every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with and dies from ALS. While the disease does not discriminate based on age, most people who develop ALS are between the ages of 40 and 70, with an average age of 55 at the time of the diagnosis.
Throughout the past 30 years of my career as an Elder Law attorney, my staff and I have witnessed first-hand the debilitating effects of this horrible disease. Unfortunately, many of our clients have been diagnosed with, and have fallen victim to ALS. I will never forget the time when one of my clients, who was creating an estate plan to provide for his family, almost passed away in our office as a result of this horrific disease.
So, this past Friday, the staff of Vincent J. Russo & Associates, P.C. and I not only accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge, we also donated $1,500 ($100 each for the 15 of us) to the ALS Association.
We have also challenged all of the Elder Law firms throughout the country to support finding a cure for ALS. To get the ball rolling, we have nominated 7 elder law firms:
Michael Gilfix and the staff of Gilfix & La Poll Associates, LLP in California,
Frank Johns and the staff of Booth Harrington & Johns in North Carolina,
Tim Nay and the staff of The Law Offices of Nay & Friedenberg in Oregon,
Harry Margolis and the staff of Margolis & Bloom, LLP in Massachusetts,
Howie Krooks and the staff of Elder Law Associates in Florida,
And in New York, Michael Amoruso and the staff at Amoruso & Amoruso LLP
And Lou Pierro and the staff of Pierro Law Group LLC.
For more information about ALS, or to make a donation visit the ALS Association at www.ALSA.org.