Cellucci leaves legacy of ALS research

June 10, 2013

UMass Medical School is mourning the loss of former Gov. Paul Cellucci, who died on June 8 from complications of ALS. UMMS Chancellor Michael F. Collins, who announced Cellucci’s death at the request of his family, spoke to the Associated Press, the Boston Herald, the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, the Boston TV stations and numerous other news organizations about Cellucci’s commitment to the UMass ALS Champion fund, which he helped launch in 2011 to fund research into a cure for the disease that took his life. To date, the fund has raised nearly $2 million to support work in the UMMS lab of world-renowned ALS researcher Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, who was Cellucci’s physician.

“He won every race he ran, all the way up to governor,” Chancellor Collins told the Boston Herald.

“But he wanted ALS research, not politics, to be his legacy. Even though he had an extraordinarily challenging diagnosis, he was on the phone, raising funds. He wanted to do whatever he could to contribute.”

Read the full media coverage below:

Cellucci’s advocacy raised nearly $2M for ALS research
Boston Herald – June 10, 2013

Funeral arrangements set for former Gov. Paul Cellucci
Worcester Telegram and Gazette – June 9, 2013

Former Massachusetts Governor Paul Cellucci mourned
WCVB – June 9, 2013

Paul Cellucci memorial, funeral scheduled
Boston Globe – June 10, 2013

Paul Cellucci and his battle with ALS disease
WHDH – June 9, 2013

Ex-ambassador, Massachusetts Gov. Cellucci dies after battling ALS
CNN – June 8, 2013

Cellucci's legacy: ALS crusader, political bridge-builder
Boston Herald – June 9, 2013

Ex-Massachusetts governor, ambassador Cellucci dies
USA Today – June 8, 2013

Ex-Massachusetts Governor Dies of Lou Gehrig’s Disease
New York Times – June 8, 2013

Former Mass. governor, ambassador Cellucci dies
Boston.com – June 9, 2013

Paul Cellucci remembered for his compassion, integrity
Boston Herald – June 9, 2013

Ex-Gov. Paul Cellucci of Massachusetts dies
Newsday – June 8, 2013

Paul Cellucci, former Mass. governor, dies at 65
Boston Globe – June 8, 2013

Remembering Former Mass. Gov. Paul Cellucci
WBUR – June 9, 2013

Reaction to Former Gov. Cellucci’s death
Fox Boston – June 10, 2013

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