Everyday Heroes Gala For ALS Research Is April 26

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a disease of the parts of the nervous system that control voluntary muscle movement.  In ALS, motor neurons (nerve cells that control muscle cells) are gradually lost.  As these motor neurons are lost, the muscles they control become weak and then nonfunctional.   

In the United States, ALS is also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the Yankees baseball player who died of it in 1941.  Once diagnosed with ALS, the prognosis is certain death within three to five years. ALS knows no boundaries—demographic, geographic, racial, or socioeconomic.  Today, there is no known cure.  Today, there are no survivors. 

The Everyday Heroes Gala is an evening supporting ALS research and honoring fallen heroes, as well as those heroes who are currently battling ALS.  The event was started in loving memory of one of Chattanooga’s heroes, Calder Willingham.   

Mr. Willingham lost his battle with ALS shortly after being diagnosed.  One of Mr. Willingham’s last wishes was for his family and friends to continue the fight against ALS.   

Since its inception, the Gala has raised over $525,000 for ALS Research.  Funds raised at the Gala are earmarked by the ALS Division of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (www.als.mda.org).  MDA is the world leader in the fight against ALS, with support of research and services that surpasses the combined efforts of all other nongovernmental health agencies dedicated to ALS. 

The Gala will be held Saturday, April 26, at the Chattanoogan Hotel at 6:30 p.m. The Celebrity Allstars band will be playing. There will also be a cocktail hour, photo booth, dinner, drinks, dancing, and more. Black tie is optional. This event raises awareness and research for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. For more information, visit www.everydayheroesgala.com or https://m.facebook.com/EverydayHeroesGala


Dr. Benjamin Miller Joins Parkridge Health System

Orthopaedist Benjamin Miller, M.D., has joined the medical staff of Parkridge Health System.  Dr. Miller earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Freed-Hardeman University and a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. He completed a residency in Orthopaedics at the University of Arkansas and a Sports Medicine fellowship ... (click for more)

Erlanger Offers Classes And Events For September 1-14

Erlanger offers online childbirth education class.  The online class is an easy-to-understand interactive program that includes more than 70 videos, animated illustrations, downloadable PDF files, review quizzes and information specific to Erlanger East and Erlanger Baroness birthing services.  By choosing the online childbirth program, participants will have access to ... (click for more)

Jury Finds In Favor Of Texas Sheriff In Suit Brought By Chattanooga Photographer

A Federal Court jury on Friday found in favor of a Texas sheriff and his chief deputy who had been sued by a Chattanooga photographer. The jury in the courtroom of Judge Curtis Collier awarded no damages to Donna Johnson. In his closing argument after a two-week civil trial, attorney John Anderson said, "This is about the Fourth Amendment." Attorney Anderson represented Ms. ... (click for more)

Justin Wilkins Selected As Deputy Chief Of Staff For Mayor Berke

Native Chattanoogan Justin Wilkins will serve as Mayor Andy Berke's deputy chief of staff, it was announced Friday. Mr. Wilkins has spent the last several years serving as the Tennessee state director for multiple advocacy and electoral organizations, including Organizing for America and Organizing for Action. Prior to that, he worked as project manager at Profit Plans LLC ... (click for more)

Mackey Should Be Thankful For The State Troopers On Highway 153

This is in response to a statement made by Warren Mackey at the commission meeting.  His question was to the mayor regarding the state troopers writing tickets on Highway 153, saying they were on a rampage.   It is apparent that Mr. Mackey doesn’t travel this highway.  His only concern was that the ticket money was going into state funds and not into county funds. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Must-Read For Parents

If you have a child or if you love one, what you are about to read could be one of the most important lessons in your life. I have a great friend in Dallas – Sandy Pohfal – who regularly shares stories with me that are moving, inspirational or important. This is all three. This story was written by a celebrated author, Christie Craig. She has written hundreds of articles for ... (click for more)