The ice bucket challenge: a fad that stands apart

An edited version of this article appeared in the Sun Sentinel on Aug. 31, 2014. I’m restoring some of the thoughts that were trimmed for space considerations. The original article can be found here: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/fl-oped-als-ro-20140831,0,3681510.story She died two years ago today, August 31, 2012. Diane Riportella was my sister, and Lou Gehrig’s disease stole her fromContinue reading “The ice bucket challenge: a fad that stands apart”

Fundraiser for Diane Riportella, ALS fighter

Diane Riportella (my sister) was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) almost three years ago. She has fought bravely, but if you know anything about ALS, you know that it is relentless and merciless. Needless to say, the cost of treatment is astronomical. Our family has raised money for ALS research, but at this timeContinue reading “Fundraiser for Diane Riportella, ALS fighter”

Worthy causes: The ALS Association of Florida

If you stumble onto this page looking for information about Rafael Olmeda, the reporter, advocate for diversity in media, parenting writer, karaoke nut and “24” fan, you’ve come to the right place. The first thing I want to do on this page is enlist your help in finding a cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease. ClickContinue reading “Worthy causes: The ALS Association of Florida”

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