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
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.
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.
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.