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U of L's ALS Clinic gets national recognition

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The ALS Clinic at U of L is being recognized nationally, only a year after the clinic opened.

It was named a "Recognized Treatment Clinic" by The ALS Association. The clinic is one of 50 in the United States to earn such a designation. That means the clinic meets a national standard of quality and implements best-practice care for patients with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

"I have been diagnosed with ALS," said Jim Dailey, an ALS patient. "I was two-and-a-half years ago. What's interesting about that...I don't use my arms, unfortunately, some very limited use of my hands. But my heart is working perfectly, and I love the people in this clinic."

Jim Dailey was diagnosed with ALS less than 2 1/2 years ago.

He says doctors, nurses, and even others going through ALS have become family to him.

Others at Tuesday's announcement have also been touched by ALS.

"I promised Celeste when she passed away that I would continue to fight for this disease and that's why I'm here," said Shawn Mullenex, board president with Kentucky's chapter of the ALS Association.

University of Louisville President Dr. James Ramsey's mother-in-law was also diagnosed with ALS and passed away in December of 2000.

As the University of Louisville announced a new research fund to further the activities of the clinic, U of L's President gave a personal donation of $10,000.

Doctors say through research and donations, there is hope for an ALS cure.

"And possibly bringing a trial to this community will offer them hope that might make a difference. Might stop this disease," said Dr. Martin Brown, Director of the University of Louisville Physicians ALS Clinic.

"You haven't fixed me but you have done everything you can to make my life as complete as it can be, and I thank you for that," said Jim Dailey.

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