Collins in Telegram: Cellucci a ‘true champion’

Former governor’s campaign for ALS research funding continues

By Lisa M. Larson

UMass Medical School Communications

June 18, 2013

The late former Gov. Paul Cellucci, a lifelong public servant, spent his final years raising awareness and funding for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research at UMass Medical School, a campaign based on selflessness and hope, said Chancellor Michael F. Collins in an editorial published in the June 18 Worcester Telegram and Gazette.

Cellucci, who died on June 8 from complications of ALS, raised nearly $2 million for the UMass ALS Champion Fund.

“Though facing the certain prospect of difficult days and nights as the disease progressed and sapped the strength from his body, Paul Cellucci tapped into his trademark resolve to expend every effort he could to assist in finding a cure for ALS,” Chancellor Collins said. “Paul Cellucci’s last campaign was about hope.’’

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