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Monday, July 16, 2007

ALS patient garners national award

By Stephen Smith, Globe Staff

Avi Kremer, the Harvard Business School grad who uses his MBA moxie to battle the disease that is killing him, today received a top prize from the national ALS Association.

Kremer, an Israeli native, received the Lawrence A. Rand Prize for "raising awareness about the disease as well as millions of dollars for research in Israel and the US," according to the ALS association. Kremer, 32, was diagnosed with the lethal condition, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, during his first semester at Harvard.

Since graduating, Kremer, who continues living on the business school's Boston campus, has devoted himself to a competition he and friends started to energize the hunt for ALS treatments. Called Prize4Life, the competition aims to provide answers to questions that have stymied researchers by tapping into scientists whose work has not already come to the attention of major research institutions.

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