ALS Together: From Periphery to Focus
Join us on Third Friday from 5-9 PM this month to view works by Jacqueline Smith, a sculptor inspired to raise community awareness, support, and research for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) through a series of artworks that put faces and stories to this disease. In tandem with the show on view until July 2nd, ALS Together is hosting its annual awareness event the following day, Saturday the 18th, from noon until dark at SPECTRE Arts in Durham. The event will feature live music, food trucks, a mini beer fest, the art show, and a fun new twist on the ice bucket challenge — all with the intent to raise money and awareness to help battle ALS. It will be a fun & exciting experience for the entire community!
From ALS Together:
We believe the only way we will eradicate this devastating disease is by working together, and that starts here in our local community.
After my father Gordon G. Smith past away from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) — a degenerative disease that affects over 5,000 people in the U.S. each year- I was motivated to spread awareness about this illness to better emphasize the urgency for a cure. By calling upon my community to join in the fight, I believe we will quickly begin to see just how strong we are when we work together.
ALS Together is working alongside the LVH ALS Foundation of Winston-Salem with a common goal of raising $2.5 million, establishing a professorship which would allow a physician to spend more time focused on research, patient care and advocacy. We would like to ensure that Duke will have a faculty member focused on ALS full time (currently no one in the state of North Carolina is able to focus fulltime attention on this devastating disease). ALS Together and the LVH ALS Foundation are committed to providing funding to endow a professorship of ALS at Duke University — not only to help those with ALS today, but to find a cure for the future.
To support this worthy cause, the public is invited to sponsor and attend this event.