Piedmont: PHS manager Reich hosting ALS benefit
June 18, 2015 - als
PIEDMONT — Piedmont proprietor Corey Reich, along with his family and friends, will horde a fifth annual “Young Faces of ALS San Francisco Corntoss Challenge” during Fort Mason’s Great Meadow Park from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The organisation is anticipating to lift $50,000 for investigate into ALS (amyotrophic parallel sclerosis), also famous as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
“The corntoss is a renouned tailgate entertainment — it can be played while holding a beer,” pronounced Reich, 28, who was diagnosed with ALS when he was 21 and who has been dedicated to lifting income and recognition ever since. “Corntoss is a cranky between horseshoes and shuffleboard, anybody can collect it adult quickly. The eventuality will also embody other games as good as a raffle, music, food and drinks — all during a pleasing Fort Mason in San Francisco. We’ve had about 400 or 500 people attend a corntoss each year.”
Reich explained that a fundraiser is hold not usually in San Francisco though in other cities via a United States.
“Across a country, a Young Faces of ALS Corntoss has substantially lifted over $1 million in a 5 years,” pronounced Reich, whose family has also lifted $5 million for a ALS Therapy Development Institute (TDI) by an annual celebration during a Claremont Country Club in Berkeley, sponsored by “Corey’s Crusaders” — including his mom Wendy, father Ted and sister Clare, who are all deeply concerned in appropriation investigate and anticipating a heal for ALS.
ALS is now an incorrigible illness that attacks engine neurons, causing muscles to atrophy. Eventually those with ALS — now inspiring about 30,000 people in a United States — turn totally paralyzed, incompetent to speak, eat or breathe on their own. Though a course of a illness varies, people typically live dual to 5 years after diagnosis.
“Fortunately, my course is really slow,” pronounced Reich, adding that his arms and legs are a tiny weaker than a year ago. “But, relations to many people with ALS, I’m doing really well. we was diagnosed 8 years ago and I’m still eating, drinking, talking, moving, walking with lots of assistance and — many importantly — respirating on my own.”
Reich, a connoisseur of Piedmont High School, where he continues to learn men’s and women’s tennis, schooled that he had ALS in his youth year during Middlebury College in Vermont.
“My initial symptoms were a detriment of inventiveness and weakness, though a changes were tiny during first,” Reich said. “In youth year, we beheld we couldn’t run as fast, afterwards my voice started to change and we knew we had to figure out what was going on.”
After weeks of tests and scans — ALS is diagnosed by a routine of rejecting — Reich perceived a bad news. Despite a diagnosis, he returned to college for his comparison year, graduating with a grade in Spanish.
Reich pronounced TDI is creation swell with investigate and growth of drugs that competence provide or correct a symptoms of ALS.
“TDI has several compounds prepared for drug trials or indeed already in drug trials,” he said. “In addition, TDI has a new module called a Precision Medicine Program, in that several hundred ALS patients are already enrolled. The routine involves converting skin cells to branch cells and afterwards contrast thousands of compounds to establish that can stop a course of ALS.”
Although he now uses a wheelchair, Reich doesn’t let that deter him from following his favorite sports.
“I’m a outrageous A’s fan,” pronounced Reich, who also likes to transport and visited Belgium and Sweden final year. “It has been tough this season, though we still go to roughly each A’s game. And, like a rest of a Bay Area, I’m vehement about a Warriors.”