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Beating ALS, One Step At A Time

Local resident walks to defeat Lou Gehrig’s disease  

When John Power’s wife was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) in April 2008, a friend reached out to him with the name of a support group. The ALS support group at Plainview Hospital  helped Power better understand the disease, as others shared their experiences and provided coping advice. Through the support group, the Westbury residents were also introduced to the loan closet, which provided them with helpful medical equipment such as patient lifts, shower chairs, and a ramp. 

 

When his wife, Joan, passed away in August after a six year battle with the disease, John chose to still remain active in the ALS Association and became even more dedicated to helping find a cure. On Sunday, September 22, he will partake in his fourth “Walk to Defeat ALS” at Eisenhower Park. Along with about 30 of his family and friends, as well as people from all over Long Island, John will help raise awareness and money to fund both research and the association that helped him enormously over the past six years. 

 

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. People with ALS lose their ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years. 

 

The ALS walk is great for people of all ages. There will be food and entertainment. Most importantly, it will help support those affected by ALS and spread awareness, as well as raise funds to find a treatment and cure.  You can join John’s team, or make a donation at www.alswalks.org (go to L.I. Walk and Team Power).  Can’t make the walk? John will also be hosting a Zumba event to benefit ALS on October 5, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the “Yes We Can” Community Center. Admission will be $10 and proceeds will go to the ALS Association. 


News

Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.

 

In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.

 

“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 

 

Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Sports

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.

 

Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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