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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Advocacy Day 2001

BWZA Representatives Meet with Congress

During National ALS Advocacy Day Sponsored by the ALS Association

Harrisburg, Pa – On May 16-17, 2001, B.W. Zimmerman & Associates President, Scott Zimmerman of Duncannon, and Senior Vice President, Jody Zimmerman Laverty of Boothwyn, traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with the leadership of the United States Congress to educate Members of Congress on the importance of stepping up the fight to conquer Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) through research, care and support.

ALS, more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disorder that occurs when motor nerve cells cease to function and die. While in most cases a person’s mind remains sharp and alert, voluntary muscle control becomes completely lost. “We were thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this year’s National Advocacy Day,” said Jody. “It was just inspiring to be with so many people working so hard and doing all they are on behalf of the ALS community,” she added.

Since their father, Bruce Zimmerman of Hummelstown, was diagnosed with ALS in January 2000, Jody and Scott have been providing volunteer and advocacy services to the ALS Association’s Greater Philadelphia Chapter, which provides resources and assistance to persons with ALS (PALS) throughout the Central Pennsylvania area, including the ALS Clinic at the Hershey Medical Center. Jody and Scott joined other representatives from over forty (40) ALSA affiliates from across the country to attend National ALS Advocacy Day. The delegation met with Senator Arlen Specter and representatives from the offices of Congressman George Gekas, Congressman Joseph Pitts, Congressman Tim Holden, and Congressman Todd Platts. They discussed the plight of PALS and their caregivers and sought to ensure that the implementation of the Medicare waiver law, The ALS Treatment and Assistance Act, is a priority. The law, which will begin July 1, 2001, waives the 24-month waiting period for Medicare eligibility for ALS patients.  

At the conclusion of National ALS Advocacy Day, the advocates joined Members of Congress at a reception held at The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Also attending the reception were NFL quarterback Steve Beuerlein, baseball legends Steve Garvey, Steve Stone and Jay Johnstone, actor Michael Gross, actor Michael Nouri and Mrs. Helen Hunter, wife of the late Hall of Fame pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter.

In addition, Michael Havlicek, President of the ALS Association, presented the Jacob K. Javits Public Service Award, presented in memory of Senator Javits, who died of ALS in 1986.

The events were sponsored by the ALS Association, the only national non-profit voluntary health organization dedicated solely to finding the cause and cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. For more information regarding Advocacy Day or ALS:
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go to the National ALS Association at www.alsa.org or

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the ALS Association - Greater Philadelphia Chapter at www.alsphiladelphia.org or

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contact Scott Zimmerman at 717-657-6240 or scott@bwza.com or

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contact Jody Laverty at 610-485-7798 or jody@bwza.com  

 

For More Information Please Contact:

B.W. Zimmerman & Associates, Inc.
4811 Jonestown Road, Suite 227, Harrisburg, PA 17109
Harrisburg, PA 17109-1751
Phone:   717-657-6240
Fax:        717-657-6245
Email: Jody@bwza.com

 

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