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At an inaugural event at Fenway Park, former Governor A. Paul Cellucci will announce a new effort to raise money to support research of Lou Gehrig's disease. Cellucci announced in January that he has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. He said he has a "slow case" of the incurable degenerative disease.
Cellucci is being treated by Dr. Robert H. Brown at UMass Medical Center. Brown is a widely recognized leader in ALS research, and the new Champion Fund will support the work at his lab. Mayor Thomas Menino, who plans to proclaim May 19 as "Champion Day," will join Cellucci, along with Former Governor Jane Swift, to launch the effort.
The website for the initiative, www.UMassALS.com, is set to go live at 5 p.m. today. Cellucci and others will announce details at a 5:45 p.m. press conference tomorrow, before the Red Sox play the Detroit Tigers.
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