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Without a doubt, the extraordinary ALS and MS residents reflect the very essence of the Walk. Steve Saling, an architect who helped design the Center, was told he had two to five years to live at the time he was diagnosed with ALS in 2008. Today, Steve travels throughout the country, giving presentations and speeches through a voice activated computer.

Ten years after his ALS diagnosis, Patrick O’Brien, produced and directed TransFatty Lives, which won the coveted “Top Audience Award” at the prestigious Tribeca and Milano Film Festivals, among other honors. Bonnie Berthiaume, the first multiple sclerosis resident to move into the Leonard Florence Center, noted that the LFCL changed her life by giving her the freedom to attend Red Sox games, the theatre and weekly outings.

Tony Epifani, 47, a World Cup Soccer player from Syracuse NY, was confined to one room day after day, ultimately feeling lost and disconnected from the world. Now, after moving to the Dapper McDonald Residence, he is fully ensconced in the day-to-day activities at the Center. Together, these ALS & MS residents demonstrate how they live life to the very fullest –every single day.

Beloved radio personality Matt Siegel, host of “Matty in the Morning” on KISS 108, will once again act as emcee and kick-off the two-mile walk. Immediately following the walk, there will be a BBQ hosted by Chili’s, doughnuts provided by Dunkin Donuts, face painting, live dance performances, a petting zoo, and more. There is a $20 donation fee to participate in the Walk, which includes a Walk for Living tee shirt, the BBQ and all activities. The Walk for Living is one of the few walks that are dog-friendly.

Support the ALS & MS Walk for Living by sponsoring/joining a team or making a much-needed donation at www.walkforliving.org. For more information, please contact Maura Graham at 617-409-8973 or email walkforliving@chelseajewish.org.

As in other years, 100% of the money raised will improve the quality of life for the residents of the ALS & MS Residences at the Leonard Florence Center for Living. Your donations enable our residents to live full, independent lives. Please join us on September 30!


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