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‘Positive Movement’ For ALS Nonprofit

Prize4Life, a nonprofit that seeks to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, on Monday held its annual gala at Sotheby’s in Manhattan. The event honored board member Cynthia Mazareas and her husband George Mazareas, a former basketball player in Greece who has ALS.

The benefit began with a cocktail reception and music from the Alex Donner Orchestra followed by a live auction.

Ms. Mazareas read an essay by her husband, who is no longer able to communicate because of his illness, but is mentally intact, that tied in Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” with his experiences with ALS.

“You could have heard a pin drop,” Ms. Mazareas said. “It was quite moving. It meant a great deal for my husband to experience people responding to his ‘voice.'”

She added that it was another chance for Prize4Life, which raised nearly $300,000 at the gala, to consider its work.

 

This article appeared June, 26 2013, in the “NY Culture” section of the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal.

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