May is ALS Awareness Month and the Houston office of the Muscular Dystrophy Association is hosting the 2nd Annual Sugar Land Flamingo Bowl on May 1, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the AMF Lanes in Stafford.
Barbara Adcock, a Sugar Land resident, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2009, initiated the bowl last year as a way to raise money for MDA sponsored research and to heighten awareness of the devastating neuromuscular disease called ALS – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Along with her husband Clif Adcock, Barbara recruited friends, family and local businesses to participate and the bowl was successful in raising over $18,000 in it’s first year alone.
Flamingo Bowl team captains are encouraged to form teams of 5-6 participants with a goal of raising $850 per team which will allow MDA to fund 10 minutes of ALS research. Teams are encouraged to dress in fun outfits and the Traveling Flamingo Trophy will be awarded to the team who raises the most money. Other awards will be given to the highest scoring team, best-dressed team and lowest scoring team. For more information on registering your team or donating to the event, please contact the Houston MDA office at 713-522-3941.
For more than 50 years, MDA has been the leading non-governmental funding source of research seeking treatments and a cure for the deadly disease that affects more than 30,000 adult Americans, with 5,000 learning they have the disease every year. On average, most people die within three to five years after their ALS diagnosis. The disease destroys nerve cells that control the body’s voluntary muscles, including those that support breathing. Eventually, nearly all such muscles become paralyzed.