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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Sweeps South Plainfield

Glenn F. Cullen

Monday, August 18, 2014 • 5:20am

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Sporting a black business suit, and signature pearls, TAP into South Plainfield Editor and Publisher as well as Fulton Bank of New Jersey’s Regional Manager Darlene Tedesco Cullen became the latest Borough resident to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. 

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“This is very personal to me said Tedesco-Cullen.  “Last fall my Aunt Antoinette Tedesco Bowyer was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).  Aunt Antoinette is a true inspiration.  She fights this horrible disease each and every day.”

Tedesco-Cullen said she will also donate to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. 

South Plainfield Mayor Matthew P. Anesh called out Borough residents Tedesco-Cullen, Oak Tree Liquors owner Dan Ratti, and KC’s Korner owner Walter Kurilew on Saturday in front of Borough hall as the Mayor took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

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According to the ALS Association between July 29 and today, August 12, The ALS Association and its 38 chapters have reported that they have received an astonishing $4 million in donations compared to $1.12 million during the same time period last year. The ALS Association is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support from those people who have been doused, made a donation, or both. Contributions further The Association’s mission to find a cure for ALS while funding the highest quality of care for people living with the disease.

"While the monetary donations are absolutely incredible,” said Barbara Newhouse President and CEO of the ALS Association, “the visibility that this disease is getting as a result of the challenge is truly invaluable. People who have never before heard of ALS are now engaged in the fight to find treatments and a cure for ALS."

Currently, there is only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ALS, which only modestly extends survival by two to three months. Consequently, ALS is 100 percent fatal. In addition to acclimating to the challenges that come with losing control of voluntary muscle movement, people with the disease progressively lose their ability to eat, speak, walk, and eventually breathe.

Tedesco-Cullen called out South Plainfield Library Board Director Linda Hansen, her husband Glenn F. Cullen and Fulton Bank’s Director of Marketing, JoBeth Mauriello to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  In addition to donating herself Tedesco-Cullen said TAP into South Plainfield will also be making a private donation to ALS.

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