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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 15, 2010

Annual Easter egg hunt to benefit ALS Association

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest's Phi Delta Theta fraternity will host its annual Easter egg hunt to benefit the ALS Association.

The event will be 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 3 in Beal Park, located at Seventh and Laura streets. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will include a raffle, face-painting, music and a moon bounce for kids. All proceeds go to the ALS Association to fight Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease after the baseball great who died from ALS, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

For more information about ALS, go to

For more information about the egg hunt, contact Matthew Fritsch, vice president and community betterment chairman for Phi Delta Theta, at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468