Polar Plunge Benefits Man with ALS

MONTOUR TOWNSHIP -- Some people took a frigid dip in the river in Columbia County, all to help people struggling with a crippling and deadly disease.

The brave polar plungers ran into the Susquehanna River near Catawissa Sunday afternoon.

It's part of the fifth annual Catawissa Valley Lions Club Polar Plunge.

The event helps John Reed and his family. He's battling ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Reed is only able to communicate using eye movements, and the technology requires costly upgrades.

About 65 people plunged into the icy waters at the Catawissa Boat Club, raising roughly $5,000 for the cause.

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  • Mary Ranganathan

    My mother was diagnosed with ALS in May 2008. Her doctor put her on riluzole, letting her know there was no cure but the medication might provide her a few more months of delayed symptoms. ALS progresses at different rates and affects different body parts first. My mother, being 73 at the time, fell into a category of what they call “fast progression” (older female). Her arms weakened first, then her hands, her mouth, and throat, and finally her lungs. Throughout her two-and-a-half-year ordeal, she was able to walk with assistance. All the while she continued to take the riluzole. If it bought my mother any time, we will never know. Her neurologist told us that if she couldn’t afford it, there was no real need to take it. She lost touch with reality. Suspecting it was the medication I took her off the riluzole (with the doctor’s knowledge) and started her on the ALS natural herbal formula we ordered from GREEN HOUSE HERBAL CLINIC, We spoke to few people who used the treatment here in Canada and they all gave a positive response, her symptoms totally declined over a 7 weeks use of the Green House ALS disease natural herbal formula. She is now almost 83 and doing very well, the disease is totally reversed! (Visit their website www . Greenhouseherbalclinic . com) I am thankful to nature, herbs are truly gift from God. Share with friends!!

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