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The Green Ribbon is the newsletter of Lori's Hands, Inc. This newsletter is intended to keep the friends, family, and other supporters of LH up-to-date. If you are unfamiliar with our organization, please feel free to check out our website.
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Winter is here and we are counting down the days until our Picnic in February! Find more information about tickets below as well as the latest LH news and a special educational spotlight on ALS.

LH news in brief


Early Bird tickets on sale until January 31!
There are just FIVE days left to get the best price on tickets to our first major fundraiser, A Picnic in February. The event will be held February 28 at the Hilton Wilmington/Christiana in Newark, DE. Join us for live music from Jefe Solo, lawn games, raffle items and great food and drinks! Buy your tickets here.

Guest Bartender event at BBC Tavern & Grill
Last Thursday, the BBC Tavern & Grill in Greenville, DE hosted an event in support of Lori's Hands. The turnout was fantastic and we had so much fun spreading the word about LH. Huge thanks to BBC for having us and to Ben Fournier for taking great pictures!

Volunteer update
The month of January is Winter Session at UD, and most students spend the time studying abroad or working back in their hometowns. Our students can't wait for Spring Semester to get back on campus and see their friends and clients again!

Back in November, Lori's Hands volunteers and alumni visited clients in teams of 5 or 6 to help with yard cleanup. The volunteers filled over 100 bags with raked leaves in one day! We invited Evan Krape, a photographer from the office of Communications & Public Affairs, to come along, and he captured some great shots of our clients and volunteers.

Client snapshot: Dave


This semester was Dave's first as a Lori's Hands client. Leslie and Ashley, two students in the HLTH320 Lori's Hands service-learning class, visited Dave each week and the three made dinner together. Dave taught the girls about the modifications he's made to his routine since being diagnosed with ataxia. Ashley, an exercise science major, loved learning from Dave about his exercise routine and the importance of a daily swim to keep his muscles from becoming tight.
LH Founder Sarah LaFave poses with Dean Kathy Matt and Michael Smith, both guest bartenders and her colleagues at the UD College of Health Sciences!
UD Vice President Jeff Garland at last week's guest bartender event.
Thank you to all of our guest bartenders for their enthusiasm and help in raising over $2,500 for Lori's Hands in one night!
Two volunteers help to organize a client's closet last Fall.
Many hands make light work in our clients' yards!
Ashley and Alexa take care of the dusting at Eileen's.
Ashley and Nancy share a laugh on the couch.
Spotlight on: ALS

We've written in past issues of The Green Ribbon about our client Ron, who passed away last year. Ron was truly an ideal Lori's Hands client, warmly welcoming our student volunteers into his home each week and embracing opportunities to share his experiences as a patient of ALS. We continue to be indebted to the graciousness and generosity of Ron and his family (Ron's son Brad is even donating the beautiful venue for our Picnic in February fundraiser!).

In the wake of the popularity of last year's "Ice Bucket Challenge," awareness of the existence of ALS is at an all-time high. But here are some facts you may not know about the disease:

-There is currently no cure for ALS, and the disease is invariably fatal, meaning that it will eventually take the life of every person diagnosed.

-The cause of most cases is unknown. Familial or inherited ALS accounts for approximately 5-10% of all cases in the U.S.

-ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. "Amyotrophic" means "lack of muscle nourishment," "lateral" refers to the area of the spinal cord that controls muscles and "sclerosis" refers to a hardening of this area that results from the lack of nourishment.

-ALS attacks the motor neurons. The most common initial symptoms are muscle weakness and cramping as well as difficulty with speech and swallowing.

-The senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch) are not affected by ALS, and about half of those diagnosed experience no cognitive symptoms at all.

-Anyone can get ALS. The disease is slightly more common in men than in women, and the average age of onset is 55.

-There are many resources available to ALS patients and their families, including support groups, equipment loan opportunities and caregiver respite programs. The ALS Association is the largest organization providing support to those affected by the disease. A list of their resources can be found here.

Further reading
Faces of ALS (ALS Association)
About ALS (ALS Association)
ALS Fact Sheet (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
Diseases and Conditions: ALS (Mayo Clinic)
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When you make a purchase through Amazon Smile using our unique URL, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Lori's Hands every day. Get your weekly shopping done and support Lori's Hands at the same time!
A sneak peek at some of our new merch, which will be available for sale at the Indoor Picnic in February!
Three generations of LH leadership (and a "first photobomb" from one of our favorite mentors, Frank DeSantis).
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