“ALS is an especially unforgiving disease that we’ve witnessed first-hand, since Dr. Frank Verdone, our friend and colleague was diagnosed,” stated Dr. Martin.
Smithtown, New York (PRWEB) September 17, 2016
To bring awareness to the devastating effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), the doctors and staff at North Shore Eye Care, a division of SightMD -- along with key members of Long Island’s optometric community -- are joining together to participate in the largest ALS Association Walk in the nation, according to Long Island eye surgeon, Jeffrey L Martin, MD. The Long Island Walk to Defeat ALS takes place on Saturday, September 17th at Eisenhower Park in Nassau County.
“ALS is an especially unforgiving disease that we’ve witnessed first-hand, since Dr. Frank Verdone, our friend and colleague was diagnosed,” stated Dr. Martin. Dr. Verdone, an avid athlete who participated in multiple half marathons and frequent ski trips with his family, is now confined to a wheelchair. “At our optometric symposium earlier this year, Dr. Verdone spoke courageously of his daily struggles with ALS and how he can participate only in his beloved sports as a spectator,” said Dr. Martin. “This was our call to action. We feel a great responsibility to do our part in raising funds to help with efforts to search for a cure for this debilitating disease,” continued Dr. Martin.
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive disorder of the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary movement. ALS typically causes the muscles in the body to become increasingly weaker, resulting in eventual paralysis and death. “In the past 75 years, there has been very little progress towards a cure or even a treatment for this fatal disease,” said Dr. Martin.
The staff and doctors of North Shore Eye Care, a division of SightMD, and their optometric partners anticipate a great turnout for the Fall ALS Walk on Saturday. “It’s a great opportunity for us to get together for an important cause outside our work environment with friends, family and coworkers all coming together to raise funds for the fight against ALS,” said Dr. Martin.
North Shore Eye Care, a division of SightMD, is Long Island’s most established full-service comprehensive eye care provider. This year they are celebrating 54 years of eye care excellence since Dr. Sidney Martin founded the practice in 1962. North Shore Eye Care is also the official LASIK Provider of the New York Mets. Many of their doctors have been voted ‘TOP DOCTORS’ in the New York Metro Area by Castle Connolly and North Shore Eye Care has earned ‘Best Of Long Island’ honors for the past few years.
North Shore Eye Care, a division of SightMD, maintains offices in Smithtown, Riverhead, Holbrook, Deer Park, Southampton, Southold, Garden City, Hempstead, Huntington and Queens. They specialize in cataract care, LASIK laser vision correction, glaucoma management, diabetic eye disease, ocular plastic surgery, pediatric ophthalmology, and retinal care. . For more information about North Shore Eye Care, please contact Jacqueline Hernandez at 855-295-4144.