ALS research fundraiser at Haverford College to honor local victim
ALS research fund-raiser at Haverford College to honor victim
HAVERTOWN Twenty-one years after Havertown resident Billy Lake died, his family and friends still hope to find out whether the disease that killed him at age 42 was linked to his service in the military. And by raising money for research in his name, they hope they can save others.
Lake died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), an incurable neuromuscular disorder often known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Veterans of military service, in any theater of war and in any generation, are twice as likely to contract the disease, according to Tony Heyl, a staff member at the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter.
On Saturday, Lake will be remembered at the 22d annual basketball marathon named in his honor. The event, held this year from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Haverford College, asks players in the day's many basketball games and their supporters to contribute to ALS research.
The local ALS organization is also looking forward to its annual walk, which will take place on Nov. 3 at Citizens Bank Park. Heyl said that the event typically attracts about 5,000 people and raises more than $600,000. - Julie Zauzmer