Julianna Margulies’ ‘Very Personal’ Reason for Supporting ALS Research
May 2, 2015 - als
Even yet it’s been scarcely dual decades given Julianna Margulies rallied her ER costars to attend one of a initial Project A.L.S. events after a actress’s tighten crony Jenifer Estess was diagnosed with a disease, Margulies is some-more ardent than ever about anticipating a cure.
“They told Jennifer when she was diagnosed, a doctors all said, ‘Just go max out your credit cards since it’s over,’ ” she tells PEOPLE.
“But her sisters, Meredith and Valerie Estess, came to me when we was initial on ER and said, ‘We can’t lay behind and watch a sister die.’ ”
With Margulies’ help, a sisters afterwards launched a non-profit Project A.L.S. in 1998 and began lifting supports for systematic investigate to find a cure.
“They’ve lifted a lot of money,” says The Good Wife star, 48.
“We’re tighten to anticipating a gene that could, if not forestall ALS, delayed it down in a people who are cheerless by it. If we had asked any scientist 17 years ago if that was a possibility, they’d say, ‘Where on earth would we ever get a appropriation for that?’ ”
Now, as a singer – who was respected by a Projcct A.L.S. on Thursday night in Los Angeles – continues to assistance lift awareness, Margulies is focused on a future: “My wish is that we can all one day be station on that theatre together and say, ‘We have a cure. We don’t have to only take it.’ ”
Reporting by GABRIELLE OLYA
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