Lecture by Dr. Maniatis kicks off ALS Awareness Week

HAVERFORD, Pa. – Haverford College hosts an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Week beginning April 22. A series of events will take place on campus and the surrounding community to heighten awareness in the fight against ALS. The week will culminate with the sixth annual Joe Schwartz 3K run/walk on Sunday, April 28.

Planned by the Joe Schwartz race committee, ALS Awareness Week kicks off on Monday with a lecture by Dr. Thomas Maniatis in Sharpless Auditorium beginning at 2:30 p.m. Dr. Maniatis is currently the Isidore Edelman Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. Having focused much of his academic research towards understanding basic mechanisms of gene expression, Dr. Maniatis will discuss his findings on the causes of ALS. Dr. Maniatis can not only offer an academic perspective on ALS and his research, but also a more personal perspective as his sister passed away from ALS, and her suffering and death inspired his research efforts on the disease.

The week’s activities continue on Tuesday with Synergy Massage providing free sessions in the Fitness Center throughout the day to those that have preregistered. Synergy Sports and Corrective Massage partners with Haverford College throughout the year to provide services to students, faculty and staff. Additional information about services and appointments is available at Synergy’s website.

Peace A Pizza aims to help make ALS Awareness Week a success by donating a percentage of its proceeds on Wednesday from anyone presenting the special corresponding coupon available in the Fitness Center. Use the coupon, at the Rosemont or Ardmore locations, and Peace a Pizza will contribute 20 percent of the sale to ALS research.

Still have not signed up for the Joe Schwartz 3K? What better time to do it than Thursday night at the Dining Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone who is registered for the race will have an opportunity to arm wrestle a Haverford celebrity. Do not miss the opportunity to be there and participate.

Bruegger’s Bagels gets involved in the Haverford community’s efforts to make a difference on Friday. Dine at the Haverford location with a special participating coupon and 15 percent of your purchase will be donated to the cause.

The week concludes with the Joe Schwartz ’83 Memorial Run/Walk. Capturing the spirit of community service and campus involvement that permeates at Haverford, the Joe Schwartz Memorial 3K, in its sixth year of existence, has raised nearly $15,000 for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) research since its inception.

This year’s race will feature a new course beginning and ending at Founders Green but the opportunity for fun and fitness remains. Prizes, games, barbeque, music, post-race fun run for children and more await the community gathering at the finish line.  It is not too late to register!

Plan to get involved next week as Haverford College focuses its attention on the fight against ALS.