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David Lowe, president and general manager of PBS TV station KVIE, presented commemorative Regional Emmy Awards today to UC Davis Health for the program “Beyond the Ice Bucket Challenge – Battling ALS.”
Part of KVIE’s Viewfinder series, the documentary won a Regional Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences San Francisco/Northern California Chapter on June 8. It features physicians Nanette Joyce and Ryan Armour, director and co-director of the UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic, along with patient Pete Richards.
The documentary highlights progress since the viral Ice Bucket Challenge boosted research funding for ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The rare and progressive neurodegenerative disease causes patients to lose muscle control and, eventually, the ability to walk, talk, eat or breathe. Their cognitive skills, however, remain intact. It is typically fatal within five years of diagnosis.
“Our entire team is dedicated to fighting ALS with all of the best medical tools available today,” Joyce said. “We truly appreciated the opportunity to participate in the documentary and help build awareness of the critical need for better treatments and even a cure. We will proudly display the Emmy in our clinic as a symbol of hope for that day for all of our patients.”
In addition to Lowe and Joyce, attendees at the Emmy Award presentation included David Lubarsky, CEO of UC Davis Health; Allison Brashear, dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine; Stephen Cavanagh, dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis; Steve Telliano, assistant vice chancellor of strategic communications for UC Davis Health; ALS clinic social worker Lisa Harris-Chavez; and ALS clinic occupational therapist Teri Hayward.
An ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence, the UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic unites clinicians in neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, pulmonary medicine, speech therapy, nutrition, social work and other specialties to provide comprehensive treatment in one location. The clinic also is on the forefront of offering the latest clinical trials.
"Beyond the Ice Bucket Challenge – Battling ALS” was sponsored in part by UC Davis Health and can be viewed here.