Two Teens Break Fund-raising Records at The ALS Association

CALABASAS, Calif. — Nearly one-third of America's teenagers in 12,000 schools will have an opportunity on Wednesday to see how Christian and Paul Carey have established The ALS Association's (ALSA) record for fund raising by young people in the Walk to D'Feet ALS. The Walk is ALSA's national signature fund-raising event.

A 12-minute news broadcast (on local Channel One) will include a segment on Christian, 13, and Paul, 15, the Cincinnati, Ohio, brothers who have raised more than $150,000 in the last two years for ALSA's Central and Southern Ohio chapter of Walk to D'Feet ALS.

"To say they are amazing is an understatement," said ALSA President and CEO Gary Leo. "I have never seen anything like this in all my years of fund raising. They are heroes in the ALS community and are true role models. I am equally impressed by the fact that they still find the time to be excellent students and pursue other interests."

The Careys, whose achievements were previously chronicled by the nationally syndicated television show "Eyewitness Teen/Kids News" and Time for Kids: World Report magazine, hope to shatter their previous cumulative record by making a commitment to raise $100,000 for the chapter's next walk on Sept. 17.

"It is actually very important to reach kids of all ages so they can realize that anyone can make a difference in the fight against ALS," Paul Carey Jr. said.

"Even if our mom is not around anymore, we have a responsibility to continue to fight until a cure is found," he said.

Christian Carey echoed his brother's comments philosophy. "After I am out of college, I hope to become a neurologist or even work with The ALS Association, so that I can help find a cure for ALS," he said.

The ALS Association a not for profit voluntary health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS.

This article originally appeared in the March 2006 issue of HME Business.

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