Newton fund-raiser for family dealing with ALS

Southborough residents Ray Thompson (left) and Dan O’Rourke are behind the Wicked Mud Run on Saturday.
Southborough residents Ray Thompson (left) and Dan O’Rourke are behind the Wicked Mud Run on Saturday.Credit:

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Marilyn Price Spivack of Framingham will be honored on Oct. 9 by the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts with a Founder’s Award at the organization’s 30th anniversary gala from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston. Other honorees include Newton resident Dr. Douglas I. Katz, medical director of the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital.

Friends of Scott Ellmore of Milford, who is battling metastasized esophageal cancer with alternative cancer treatments, have launched a campaign at to raise $200,000 for his family.

Southborough residents Ray Thompson and Dan O’Rouke are hosting their second Wicked Mud Run 5k on Oct. 12 at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Team Up! with Autism Speaks, Big Nick’s Ride for the Fallen, and the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance.

Community Harvest, an evening of humor, poetry, and song to benefit the Matchan-Israel family of Newton, will take place on Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Avodah in Newton Centre. David Israel, as a radiologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and assistant radiology professor at Harvard Medical School, was diagnosed in 2010 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease. He and his wife, Boston Globe living/arts reporter Linda Matchan, have two children, Sol and Sara.

To purchase tickets to Community Harvest, visit For information about silent auction items, go to

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