Presenting a check to the Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences ALS clinic on July 28, Cassie and Sydney DeVos surprised the clinic’s staff by announcing that Nana’s Run had raised more than $60,000 for the continued success of the program!
Nana’s Run paid tribute to the late Char VanderLaan, grandmother to Cassandra and Sydney DeVos, fondly known as Nana, who recently passed away from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative illness that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and is difficult to diagnose due to minimal research. The 5K run and walk event was well-attended by more than 100 of Mercy Health colleagues, friends and family, contributing to the success of the event.
“We are really grateful to the community for helping our family raise much needed funds that are benefitting the ALS research and treatment that takes place at the Mercy Health Hauenstein Neuroscience Center,” said Nana’s Run Co-Chairs Cassie and Sydney DeVos.
The ALS clinic of the Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences provides the region with a multidisciplinary center for the evaluation and treatment of ALS and related neurodegenerative disorders.
“The funding will help us continue to provide our patients with the latest comprehensive medical services that improve the quality of life for patients and their family members and will pave the way for the future of ALS research,” said Dr. Philip Gorelick, Medical Director of Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences and Professor of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
Thanks to Cassie and Sydney DeVos and everyone at Mercy Health who contributed to the success of the event.