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In 2001, Harpoon’s friend Barry Chait came to the brewery and said: You need to do a charity road race, and I want to help you. It didn’t take much convincing: beer, running, and supporting the community are what Harpoon does best. When it came down to choosing the beneficiary, ALS research struck a chord with Harpoon’s co-founders, since one of Harpoon’s founding investors, Gordon Heald, suffered from ALS. With a Harpoon Festival in June, and the tents already in place, 2002 was the inaugural year of the event.
Thanks to the City of Boston, the race has grown each year since, and to date, Harpoon Helps has raised $1.5 million for the Angel Fund. We hope to continue this growth, to help find a cure for ALS and for the Harpoon 5-Miler to become a staple on the Boston events calendar.
The Angel Fund is an independent nonprofit charity benefiting ALS research at the Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research at UMASS Medical Center in Worcester.
Recently, Dr. Robert H. Brown Jr, and the Day Neuromuscular Research Lab at UMASS Medical have seen significant accomplishments in their program to discover new ALS genes. They have reported finding two new genes whose mutations cause familial ALS and are internaionally recognized for their work in the fight agains this devastating disease.
ALS (or Lou Gherig’s disease) is a fatal neuro-degenerative disease characterized by muscle weakness and a progressive wasting and paralysis of the muscles. There is no known cure for ALS, and death usually results from respiratory failure in 2 to 5 years.
For more info, please visit www.theangelfund.org.
Click here to make a donation now, or try your luck at The Angel Fund Raffle on race day!