Annual Nana’s Run Generously Benefits the ALS Program at Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences

Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences team with Cassandra DeVos Thorndill, and members of Saint Mary’s Foundation during a check presentation on August 13, 2018.

Nana’s Run 5k co-chairs, Cassandra DeVos Thorndill and Sydney DeVos Reames, stopped by to visit with Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences staff and Saint Mary’s Foundation colleagues and to drop off a generous donation on Monday, August 13, 2018.

Celebrating its fifth year in 2018, Nana’s Run 5K annually raises hundreds of thousands of dollars and helps spread awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a neurodegenerative disease that progressively destroys the motor neurons throughout a person’s body. Mercy Health serves as West Michigan’s only nationally certified ALS program.

“Nana’s Run has really made a huge impact in our community with the ALS population,” said Keri Kujala, director of Corporate and Donor Relations at the Saint Mary’s Foundation. “It has really allowed us to enhance patient amenities and the programs and support groups for our West Michigan community. We are so blessed by this gift, which will help us provide the best care for our patients who have this disease.”

A special thanks to Nana’s Run 5k Co-Chairs for hosting this outstanding community event, held in honor of their “Nana,” Char VanderLaan, who passed from ALS in 2014.

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Read the story of one patient’s journey.

Joel Phillips, DO, with Cassandra DeVos Thorndill and Melanie Taylor, MD.

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