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Harvey Mackler '72 and his brother Scott '77 had always been close. Scott followed in his brother's footsteps, attending Penn and ultimately pledging PiKA.

So in the wake of Scott's passing from ALS, it is only fitting that Harvey do something big to honor the special bond he had with his brother. Harvey will be participating in all six Walk to Defeat ALS events in the state of Florida this year.

 

"Scott and I spoke in October of this past year," Harvey said. We decided to create a program in Florida for assistive technology, just as we had done in the greater Philadelphia area. We wanted to offer this program to more PALS (Persons with ALS)."

Harvey had a modest involvement with the Florida group, so this was the first natural expansion of their efforts.

"The walks are their largest fundraiser, so allowing my colleagues statewide to participate was a no-brainer," he said. "In past years I only walked in Tampa."

Efforts to advance Scott's program, the Scott A. Mackler, MD, PhD, Assistive Technology Program, by his loved ones and friends, affectionately known as Scott's Crew, have raised over $1.8 million in Pennsylvania and already more than $23,000 in their first effort in Florida.

"As we do not anticipate a cure in our lifetime, being able to bring some communication normalcy to PALS in honor of Scott is an honor for us," Harvey said. "He was blessed with a strong support group.

If you would like to get involved with a Walk to Defeat ALS in memory of Scott, email Harvey at harvey@gempire.com or go to the Scott's Crew Statewide page.