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MDA Launches Anyone's Life Story: An ALS Awareness Campaign

During the month of May, ALS Awareness Month, the MDA is introducing us to 31 unique and compelling stories of people diagnosed with ALS.  Approximately 80% of all ALS diagnoses are of the sporadic variety; meaning that it was not inherited.  This staggering number truly highlights that fact that ALS can be Anyone's Life Story.  We at Wings remain committed to fighting this devastating disease, so that no more stories about ALS will need to be written. You can help by supporting MDA's Wings Over Wall Street®

Please visit Anyone's Life Story by clicking here.


ALS Research Roundup May-June 2011 via MDA/ALS News Magazine

Article Highlights:

The latest research news as of April 2011:

  • Reactivated virus may contribute to ALS
  • ALS Biopharma to test heat shock protein
  • Glialogix to test new glutamate inhibitor
  • $2 million to ALS TDI.
  • TDP43 mouse model to be focus of new study
  • Dexpramipexole trial under way
  • NP001 now in phase 2 trial
  • Stem cell safety trial moves forward
  • Participants still needed for ceftriaxone trial
  • MDA National Scientific Conference focuses on five strategies

Read the full article with all the above highlights here.


BTIG Commissions for Charity Day: Please Help Defeat ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) April 27


MDA's Wings Over Wall Street®, the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s initiative speeding research seeking treatments for ALS, is participating in BTIG’s 9th Commissions for Charity Day next Wednesday. 

Please click on one or more of the following 30-second videos to see why all or a portion of your commissions should be earmarked to MDA’s fight against ALS: Nancy O’Dell, Entertainment Tonight testimonial; Neil Sellinger testimonial; “Make A Muscle, Make A Difference” PSA.

The success of the day is determined entirely by how much business institutional accounts choose to do with BTIG on that day.  Please support Wings Over Wall Street and all the other important causes we stand beside that day by sending your orders to BTIG. 

BTIG has the ability to trade equities (domestic and international), derivatives, futures and fixed income.

What is unique about this day and BTIG? 
BTIG now has 400+ employees with 1,500 active institutional accounts. This makes BTIG the perfect facility to provide the institutional community a great conduit to give back to a large group of important Charities.   With a leading position in trading volume on a daily basis vs. our peers, this Charity Day is a great one to support from the client's perspective.
If you currently do not have a relationship with BTIG, please call Steven Starker or Rick Blank at 212-593-7971.



Eight New Grants Bolster MDA’s Battle Against ALS

MDA's Wings Over Wall Street® is proud to fund the MDA's ALS Grant Program. In our fight against ALS, Wings funds research that will lead to effective treatments and a cure. Your support of Wings makes this all possible.

MDA's Clinic Direct Newsletter offers this latest look into the work being done to cure ALS.

Article Highlights:

  • MDA has awarded funding to help support eight new ALS research projects.
  • The ALS grants are part of 44 new grants awarded by MDA in February 2011.

We invite you to read this exciting article by clicking here.


Join MDA’s 2011 New York City Triathlon Team

Join MDA’s 2011 New York City Triathlon Team --make your miles count in the fight against ALS!

MDA provides participants with: 

  • Guaranteed race entry to the August 7, 2011 Race 
  • Online fundraising page and tools 
  • A guided training regiment and team coach 
  • Pool access in NYC 
  • Involvement in the wide array of other events hosted by MDA in NYC! 

Please contact Kaylan Scagliola or 212.682.5272 to get registered today! 


New Insights Shared at International ALS Meeting

The current issue (March-April, 2011) MDA/ALS NewsMagazine offers an interesting article from the International ALS Meeting. 

Article Highlights:

  • The annual International Symposium on ALS/MND (Motor Neuron Disease) brings together researchers and clinicians who specialize in ALS from around the world.
  • Experts in all aspects of ALS and newcomers to the ALS field exchanged ideas about ALS biology, clinical care, diagnosing and measuring ALS, clinical trial design and trial results, and strategies for therapeutic development.

Read the full article here.


The U.S. National ALS Registry Link now available on our Site

The U.S. Government has made an embeddable/direct link to the National ALS Registry available  for web sites, blogs, etc. We at Wings are proud to have included the link on our site.


Wings Marks 10th Anniversary

On September 30, 2010, Wings celebrated its 10th Anniversary. It's hard to believe that Toni's vision has reached its tenth year and that Wings has turned into a major ALS research funding event and a destination event for the Wall Street Community. We were again at Gotham Hall in New York City and our host was Natale Morales from NBC's Today Show. Co-chairing Wings 2010 were Michael Marrale from RBC Capital Markets and Angela Sun from Bloomberg. Award recipients were the late Tony Judt (Spirit Award), Ray Tierney (the Beier Award), and Dr. Nicholas Maragakis (the Diamond Award).

As we look back, Wings has now provided over $9 million for ALS research. Thanks to the passionate and dedicated committee members (including committee Chairpersons and Co-chairs), MDA staff, and incredibly generous sponsors/donors, Wings has made a significant difference in ALS research and awareness over this last decade.

As we look forward, our immediate objective is to break $10 million in 2011. The road to $10 million once again starts with all of you. Wings provides hope to all those affected by this devastating disease, and your support helps fuel that hope.

On we go, together, toward Wings 2011.  Hopefully, the year of the cure!


Wings Mourns the Loss of Tony Judt

The Wings family mourns the loss of Tony Judt and sends condolences to the Judt family and friends. Mr. Judt faced ALS with the same intellectual vigor and honesty he approached everything else in his life. We will plan to honor his memory at our upcoming event, and continue to work so that we can soon discover answers and ultimately a cure.

 Here is the article about Mr. Judt that was featured in the New York Times yesterday.



2010 Bar Night: A Successful Kickoff for Wings

Bar Night 2010 was a blast! With guest bartenders serving up the drinks, The Public House was filled with enthusiastic and generous patrons. Everyone gathered for a great cause, had fun, mingled, networked, browsed a mini silent auction, bought raffle tickets for a trip to Australia, and raised awareness and funds for ALS research. Many of the Wings committee members got behind the bar and encouraged their friends, family, and colleagues to relax and enjoy a wonderful night out. Thanks to the members of STANY for staying after your meeting to join us, and to our tired but triumphant Wings Triathlon Team. If you missed it, there's always Bar Night 2011! See you there!