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Police association rallies around officer with ALS

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Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010 3:09 pm

As a Mesa police officer continues to battle a fatal neurological disease, his law enforcement family is continuing to be a pillar of support for him and his family.

The Mesa Police Association is hosting a fundraiser and benefit auction for Officer Mark Kelly from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at OneOhOne Art Gallery, 101 W. Maim St. in downtown Mesa as part of the city's Second Friday activities.

The family of Mark Kelly, who was diagnosed in April 2009 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is in need of assistance to purchase a head controller for his wheelchair, a communication device and items for shower mobility.

The family welcomed their fifth child, Mary Elizabeth on July 4.

ALS is a terminal neurological disorder that destroys the nerve connections between muscles and the brain. As the disease progresses, patients lose the ability to control their muscles and eventually cannot walk, speak, swallow or breathe.

For more information about donations, visit www.beallfoundation.com.

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