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Raising Hope Golf tournament, auction July 28

Left to right, Dr. Merit Cudkowicz stands with Roger and Darlene Long at the Walk of Hope in Plattsburgh. The Raising Hope Golf Tournament is July 28.

Left to right, Dr. Merit Cudkowicz stands with Roger and Darlene Long at the Walk of Hope in Plattsburgh. The Raising Hope Golf Tournament is July 28. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

— Golfers and sports fans will again come together to help raise funds for a degenerative disease that afflicts many in the Champlain Valley.

The Third Annual ALS Raising Hope Foundation Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, July 28 at the Harmony Golf Course is Port Kent.

Proceeds from the event go to the ALS Raising Hope Foundation, a local organization started by Roger and Darlene Long after Roger was diagnosed with ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gerhig’s disease.

“We're at 43 teams but expecting more,” Darlene Long said. “Dr. Merit Cudkowicz is planning to attend again for that midday piece of the meal, introductions, reading of the names on the plaque, and the auction.”

Long said that, just in the past year, eight more local residents have been diagnosed with the disease, hailing from Rouses Point, Champlain, West Chazy, Cumberland Head, Plattsburgh, Westport and Ticonderoga.

“Three of the new cases are doing very poorly in this short time,” she said.

Along with the golf tournament, there will also be an auction with numerous sports-related memorabilia and other items.

“We hope to get a great crowd,” Long said. “Our auction has big ticket items for sports fans, as well as other types of items.”

Pieces include autographed jerseys from the NY Giants Super Bowl team, including Eli Manning’s Captain jersey, 1999 World Series Derek Jeter jersey, New York Mets star David Wright and Giant Hakeem Nicks; baseballs signed by Yogi Berra, Curtis Granderson, Jon Lester and Adrian Gonzales; footballs signed by Jared Mayo of the New England Patriots and others; basketballs signed by the Dallas Mavericks and the 2008 University of North Carolina team; a bat signed by Chicago White Sox slugger Paul Konerko; baseball cards and tickets to the Giants-Patriots pre-season game in August and the Syracuse-Louisville basketball game.

ALS is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.

For more information, visit alsraisinghope.org.

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