Soaring to New Heights for a Cure

by Alyssa Quintero on Mon, 2008-09-01 09:16

MDA’s eighth annual Wings Over Wall Street event will be held Sept. 25 at the New York Marriott Marquis in the heart of Times Square.

Supported by celebrities and New York financial leaders, the gala raises awareness and funds to support MDA’s ALS research program, including the research teams of Hiroshi Mitsumoto, co-director of the Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Research Center at Columbia University in New York City, and Jeffrey Rothstein, director of the MDA/ALS Center at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Since 2001, Wings has raised some $7 million for MDA ALS research.

Presented by sponsor RBC Capital Markets, the event will honor three outstanding leaders in the fight against ALS.

Neuroscientist Christopher E. Henderson, professor of pathology and cell biology in neurology and neuroscience at Columbia University, New York, will receive the Diamond Award, named for the event’s co-founder, Toni Diamond, who died of ALS in November 2004. Henderson also is co-director of Columbia’s Center for Motor Neuron Biology and Disease.

Philip Carlo and his wife, Laura, of New York City will receive the Spirit Award for their steadfast commitment to raising funds for ALS research and other services. Carlo, 59, received a diagnosis of ALS in October 2005. The New York Times best-selling author, known for his true crime novels, recently was featured in MDA’s ALS Awareness Month online feature “ALS: Anyone’s Life Story” (

Mary McDermott-Holland of Boston will receive the Michael P. Beier Award. Named for the former Wings chairman who lost his battle with ALS in April 2003, the award honors those who motivate others to help find a cure for ALS. McDermott-Holland, senior vice president of trading at Franklin Portfolio Associates, served as a Wings event co-chair in 2005 and 2006.

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