Young Faces of ALS Campaign Announces Second Annual ‘National Corntoss Challenge’

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 2, 2012 /PRNewswire USNewswire/ Young Faces of ALS Campaign (YFALS) announced its second annual “National Corntoss Challenge” fundraising event occurring in multiple cities this May and June in support of research toward an effective treatment for ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disea guess factory se. Cornhole, bean bag toss,This year’s N guess factory ational Corntoss Challenge will be held in the following cities: Atlanta on May 12; Boston and Rapid City on May 19; Boise, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC on June 23. Each city’s event will be run by local volunteer “champions” who are committed to raising awareness of ALS and funding research towards a cure.

“One of my best friends, Mike Winston, was diagnosed with ALS in 2008 at the young age of 24. He continues to fight this horrible disease and is a constant in guess factory spiration to me. I want to help him in any way possible,” said Zach Freeman, champion for the Chicago, IL tournament. “ALS does not get nearly enough attention, and it is important to spread the word and fundraise through fun events like the YFALS Corntoss Challenge.”

Each National Corntoss Challenge Day location will feature a day long tournament, entertainment, food, beverages and prizes. The tournament entry fee is $20 per two player team. In addition, each team that raises $100 will receive a free 2012 YFALS t shirt and other benefits the day of the tournament.

“Corey Reich is a friend of mine from high school and was diagnosed with ALS when we were 21. In the face of such a terrible disease, Corey remains the friendly, witty person he’s always been. His attitude inspires everyone around him to be a better person, and to step up and help fight ALS,” said Morgan Nelson, champion for the San Francisco, CA tournament. “So many fundraisers are fancy galas or serious, sad events. Corntoss allows ALS patients and friends to get outside and just have a great time, while fundraising and spreading the word simultaneously.”

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a progressive, fatal neurodegenerative disease affecting approximately 30,000 people in the United States at any given time. The average survival following diagnosis is only about 36 months, and onset can occur in teenage years plus every decade of adulthood. ALS usually progresses rapidly, with patients losing their ability to move, speak, swallow, and eventually breathe on their own. Currently, there is neither a cure nor an effective treatment for ALS.

About ALS Therapy Development Institute

The mission of the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) is to develop effective therapeutics that slow or stop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease) as soon as possible for patients today. Focused on meeting this urgent unmet medical need, ALS TDI executes a robust target discovery program, while simultaneously operating the world’s largest efforts to preclinically validate potential therapeutics; including a pipelin guess factory e of dozens of small molecules, protein biologics, gene therapies and cell based constructs. The world’s first nonprofit biotech institute, ALS TDI has developed an industrial scale platform, employs 30 professional scientists and evaluates dozens of potential therapeutics each year. Built by and for patients, the Cambridge, Massachusetts based research institute collaborates with leaders in both academia and industry to accelerate ALS therapeutic development, including Biogen Idec, UCB, Aestus Therapeutics, MDA and RGK Foundation.

Young entrepreneurs pack their bags

team. Follow us on TwitterFrom October 31 and November 2, 2011, entrepreneurs from the G20 countries will come together to identify the ways that governments and business communities can best harness the potential of young entrepreneurs. Resulting r guess factory ecommendations will then be officially handed to the G20 leaders on November 3rd in Cannes.

“These dynamic young delegates have been selected for their role as Canada’s job creators and innovators. Hailing from the four corners of our country and focused in diverse sectors of our economy, they have an impressive depth of experience and insight to offer to the G20 leaders and their fellow entrepreneurs,”explains Vivian Prokop, chief executive officer of the CYBF and founding chair of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance.

CYBF hosted the inaugural

G20 YES in Toronto last June, inviting 200 young entrepreneurs to participate in the development of a communiqu delivered to the G20 leaders. The Summit also resulted in the creation of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, an international network of like minded organizations supporting youth entrepreneurship.

Can Mississauga become the next Waterloo?

Mississauga, the sixth largest city in Canada, is taking steps to transform itself into a centre for guess factory creativity and innovation.

A 10 point ‘Action Plan for Innovation’ was submitted today to the City of Mississauga and the RIC Centre (Research, Innovation and Commercialization).

The report, which you can view here, was commissioned to look into developing innovation capacity by connecting talent to the business community, and points out, “what the city does lack, though, is a meeting place to promote connectivity and a coherent approach to better capitalize on the post secondary assets for training, education, and R purposes.”

Many of the recommended actions focus on finding and developing ‘talent’ in people interested in innovation, and emphasizes the value and potential guess factory of working with Sheridan College and the University of Toronto Mississauga. economic growth and the debt crisis, guess factory

according to this article from Reuters. small businesses, gained 13 per cent in July from a year earlier, according to PayNet. That followed a revised 22 per cent gain in June, and a 27 per cent gain in May.

As measured from a month earlier, the index declined 7 per cent, and is now just above the level reached in April. The setback illustrates the ‘saw toothed’ pattern of the current recovery, said William Phelan, PayNet’s president and founder.

“It’s two steps forward, one step back,” Mr. Phelan said in an interview. “It’s really an indication of the slow growth of activity.”

Borrowing by small businesses is seen as a harbinger for the broader economy because they account for as much as 80 percent of new hiring.

The Federal Reserve earlier this month promised to keep rates exceptionally low for another two years to support the ailing recovery.

With a newly improved format and a power packed roster of speakers,

The NAWBO Women’s Business Conference 2011 which takes place today and tomorrow promises to be “a high energy, high impact conference designed especially for women entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level of success.”