Lou Gehrig's Disease - Motor Neuron Disease - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Thought it had been cured by now? Still no known cause. Still no cure. Still quickly fatal. Still outrageous.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Silent Mannequins Continue To Speak Volumes

Mannequin display to highlight ALS impact in Florida
The display is making four stops on the First Coast this month.
Jeremy Cox
Story updated at 12:00 AM on Thursday, May. 7, 2009

Memorial Park in Riverside will be awash in mannequin torsos Saturday as part of an event designed to raise awareness about Lou Gehrig's disease.

The display, called "Piece by Piece," is the brainchild of the Florida chapter of the ALS Association. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a nerve-wasting disease that slowly paralyzes patients, leading to death within about five years.

The 150 mannequin parts -- on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- symbolize the destructive effects of the disease, organizers say. The display also will appear at the Modis Building in downtown Jacksonville on May 15, the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine on May 16 and the Plaza de la Constitución on May 17.

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