WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Country music star Ty Herndon and former NFL player Kevin Turner will join amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients Thursday evening at Fenway Park to celebrate the success of CVS/pharmacy’s annual in-store fundraising campaign to support the fight against ALS.
The $4.3 million generated by this year's campaign brings the total amount raised by CVS/pharmacy colleagues and customers for ALS research to more than $27 million.
ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a disorder in which there is progressive degeneration of motor nerves in the brain and spinal cord leading to paralysis and death, typically within three to five years. There is no known cause or cure for ALS, which affects 25,000 Americans, with 5,000 new cases diagnosed each year.
Three-of-the-4 men gathering at Fenway prior to the baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees share a diagnosis of ALS: Turner, who played eight seasons in the NFL for the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles throughout the 1990s; Treg Charlton, a regional director of real estate for CVS Caremark; and Barry Winovich, who is Charlton's friend since elementary school.
Grammy-nominated country music star Herndon joins the group as celebrity sponsor — along with Turner — of the CVS/pharmacy "Researching a Cure" fundraising campaign. Charlton and Winovich are co-chairs of the campaign.
All four men will participate in pregame traditions to mark funds raised by the campaign, including an on-field check presentation to ALS Therapy Alliance, an organization dedicated to advancing ALS research; a ceremonial first pitch thrown out by Charlton; and the singing of the National Anthem by Herndon whose song "Journey On" is the official song of the Kevin Turner Foundation and the CVS/pharmacy "Researching a Cure" fundraising campaign.
This year's CVS/pharmacy in-store "Researching a Cure" campaign ran from June 5 through June 25. Those still interested in helping to donate $5 to ALS research can do so by texting KICKALS to 20222.