Pleasanton Nonprofit Gives $300K To Support ALS Research

Christel Deskins

PLEASANTON, CA — The ALS Cure Project, founded by Oakland A’s outfielder and Pleasanton native Stephen Piscotty, has donated $300,000 to the Livermore Lab Foundation for research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Piscotty founded the Pleasanton-based ALS Cure Project in 2017 with his […]

PLEASANTON, CA — The ALS Cure Project, founded by Oakland A’s outfielder and Pleasanton native Stephen Piscotty, has donated $300,000 to the Livermore Lab Foundation for research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Piscotty founded the Pleasanton-based ALS Cure Project in 2017 with his dad, Mike Piscotty, who is an LLNL employee. Father and son lost wife and mother Gretchen Piscotty to the disease, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“The promise of this effort brings hope to an ALS community struggling to find both a treatment and a cure,” Mike Piscotty said in a news release from the foundation.

LLNL has been researching to improve ALS treatment and find a cure since last June, according to a news release from the organization. The Livermore Lab Foundation is funding LLNL to pursue partnerships with research hospitals, research universities and other organizations that complement the lab’s expertise.

ALS tends to affect people between the ages of 55 to 75, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The disease tends to affect men, Caucasians and non-Hispanics, according to the institute.

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