Project A.L.S.

Donor / Project A.L.S.

Meredith and Valerie Estess created Project A.L.S. with their sister Jenifer to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS usually occurs in adults, and like other motor neuron diseases, it is currently uncurable and its causes remain largely unknown. In 2006, Project A.L.S. opened the first and only privately-funded laboratory dedicated to the study of ALS through stem cells, giving researchers an invaluable tool to understand the mechanisms that underlie the disease.

“Thanks to the multifaceted and generous partnership of Project A.L.S., Columbia has been transformed into one of the most extensive ALS research centers in the world,” Dean Lee Goldman, M.D., said during the 2012 College of Physicians and Surgeons Crown Awards presentation. “Columbia is incredibly fortunate to have them as our partners.”

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