Nana’s Run – Success for ALS Center

June 3, 2014 3:09 pm

INAUGURAL NANA’S RUN THROUGH DOWNTOWN GRAND RAPIDS RAISES FUNDS FOR ALS AWARENESS, RESEARCH

Funds to help ALS clinic at Mercy Health’s Hauenstein Neuroscience Center

Officials from Mercy Health’s Hauenstein Neuroscience Center, the ALS Association Michigan Chapter and

Maria DeWildt and Leanna Krukowski supporting Nana's Run at the Mercy Health booth.

Maria DeWildt and Leanna Krukowski supporting Nana’s Run at the Mercy Health booth.

members of the DeVos family partnered to bring to life Nana’s Run, a 5K run/walk on Saturday, May 31 at 10 a.m. through the streets and along the river in downtown Grand Rapids. The proceeds of Nana’s Run are to benefit the continued efforts of the Mercy Health Hauenstein Neuroscience Center in Grand Rapids and fund the ALS Association Michigan Chapter.

The event paid tribute to the late Char VanderLaan, grandmother to Cassie and Syndey 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.

ED Nurses Hannah Monsma and Becky Dykstra volunteered to provide Good Samaritan aid during Nana's Run.

ED Nurses Hannah Monsma and Becky Dykstra volunteered to provide Good Samaritan aid during Nana’s Run.

In 2007, Mercy Health Hauenstein Center collaborated with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Center to develop this outstanding clinic that has treated nearly 1,300 people since its inception. Before the Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences ALS Center opened, our patients would have to travel to either Chicago or Ann Arbor for care. We are the first nationally accredited ALS center in the region.

Emergency Department Nurse Becky Dykstra administers good Samaritan aid at the Mercy Health First Aid Tent after the run.

Emergency Department Nurse Becky Dykstra administers good Samaritan aid at the Mercy Health First Aid Tent after the run.

After they are diagnosed, patients are often left wondering, “Now what?” Mercy Health is able to help answer this question as they struggle to manage the disease, with our specialists who have a cumulative 30 years’ experience of working with this disease.

With our interdisciplinary model of care, our dedicated social workers, pulmonary specialists, occupational therapists and many other specialists are dedicated to the treatment of our patients.

Since the Hauenstein Center’s ALS opening, our experts treat about 160 patients each year, and we continue to grow in Grand Rapids at our top-notch facility, treating more than 180 this past year. We thank Cassie and Sydney for their recognition of this center as a beneficiary of Nana’s Run.

Comments

Susan C Symons

Sorry to have missed your inaugural run. My brother was one of the clinics patients & died of ALS. Please put me on your list and hopefully I can be more involved. So glad you are in West Michigan.

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