Michigan football fans get lesson in ALS research

Michigan football fans got a primer on ALS research Friday when Dr. Eva Feldman joined the Maize and Blue Family Cookout event hosted by radio station WTKA-AM on Friday, October 10.

Dr. Eva Feldman, right, joins WTKA radio hosts Ira Weintraub, left, and Sam Webb, center, during the Maize and Blue Family Cookout on Oct. 10 in Ypsilanti.

Dr. Eva Feldman, right, joins WTKA radio hosts Ira Weintraub, left, and Sam Webb, center, during the Maize and Blue Family Cookout on Oct. 10 in Ypsilanti.

Dr. Feldman, director of the Program for Neurology Research and Discovery and a world-renowned researcher on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, joined radio hosts Sam Webb and Ira Weintraub to discuss ALS research efforts at the University of Michigan.

Webb and Weintraub participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge this summer and held the Maize and Blue Family Cookout in support of the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive ALS Clinic.

“ALS is especially prevalent among members of the military and athletes, and it strikes healthy people in the prime of their lives,” Dr. Feldman said. “So I thought it was important to share our story of hope through research with the University of Michigan football family.”

Dr. Feldman noted during the broadcast that the Ice Bucket Challenge that took place this summer has raised more than $120 million for ALS research, a six-fold increase over previous ALS funding efforts.

The radio show was broadcast live from Cueter Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Ypsilanti and included former University of Michigan football players Jamie Morris, Chris Howard, Marcus Ray and Gerald White.

“I really appreciate the opportunity to reach a new audience,” Dr. Feldman said. “Sam and Ira were gracious hosts and I’m delighted that they’ve taken an interest in ALS research at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!”

Listen to podcast here: