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Our brother, Scott Mackler '77, has been battling ALS since 1999. He has defied all odds (average life expectancy is 2-5 years) and continues to lead a productive life thanks to cutting edge assistive technology that allows equipment to interface with his brain while his body is paralyzed and requires a ventilator to breathe. He continues to run a research lab at UPenn and is an associate professor there.

The Mackler family initiated an annual fundraising effort on behalf of Scott and the ALS Association in the form of a 5K Run/Walk. On October 28th, they are sponsoring the 13th Annual Scott Mackler 5K Run/Walk. All registration fees and donations go to the assistive technology effort on behalf of ALS patients, enabling more and more of them to continue communicating and lead productive lives as they battle the disease. They have raised nearly $1.7 million to date and are looking to close in on the $2 million mark.

A "Beta Pi Pikes" team page has been set up on the race's web site. Beta Pi has been one of the leading supporters of this effort since the Alumni Association was established in 2003, winning the Fraternity fundraising category on multiple occasions. Another large contingent of our undergraduate brothers is expected to participate in the event this year and alumni donations go towards their registration fees.

We've set a goal of $5,000 and 25 donors. You can do the math: we need 25 brothers donating $200 each to reach the goal. But we'll take fifty brothers donating $100 or one hundred brothers donating $50. No amount is too small!!

You can go online to donate by navigating to the link below:

This will get you to our team page. Click on the "General Donation" tab and you can make a credit card pledge.

Please open your hearts and wallets to support this cause and our brother.