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Award-Winning CNN Anchor Produces Three-Part Series on ALS Featuring Dr. Jeffrey Rothstein Founder And Director of the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins

Baltimore, MD- Emmy award-winning anchor Suzanne Malveaux, host of CNN’s Around the World and CNN Newsroom, will launch a three-part series about the current fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The series begins Monday, July 1 and runs through Wednesday, July 3 at 1:00 pm ET on CNN.

The series chronicles her mother, Myrna’s diagnosis and journey with ALS, as well as the stories of ALS patient and former NFL player Steve Gleason, and Life Fitness Founder Augie Nieto.  Dr. Jeffrey Rothstein, Packard Center founder and director, is featured throughout the three-part series, providing the latest medical and research insights.

“I wanted to share my mother’s journey as an example of how, despite an ALS diagnosis, you can embrace life and not fade away,” noted Malveaux.  “In creating this series and launching the companion website, I want to raise awareness for this little-known, but devastating disease. There is a critical need to educate Americans on how people are living with ALS today and how Dr. Rothstein and his team of researchers are making strides in unlocking the mysteries of this debilitating disease.”

In addition to the series, Malveaux has teamed up with the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins to launch The Malveaux Mission, an initiative to educate people about ALS and raise money to help in finding a cure.  The site,, which goes live on June 26, 2013, offers a personal glimpse into the Malveaux family, provides the latest news about ALS and valuable resources for families dealing with the disease, and provides an opportunity to make a contribution to support ALS research efforts.

Dr. Rothstein said, “Suzanne is lending her voice to the ALS community with this Fighting ALS series and the Malveaux Mission website. Not only is she opening up and showing us a touching glimpse of life with the disease through her mother’s story, but she has also successfully documented the kind of innovative research being conducted by Packard Center researchers and clinicians, worldwide.”  He added, “She is deeply committed to helping empower today’s ALS patient with tomorrow’s technology and therapeutics. Speaking for myself and our collaborative community of scientists and clinicians, we are thrilled with the opportunity to work with her and look forward to a long collaboration.”

The series can be viewed live on CNN beginning on July 1 at 1:00 pm ET or on


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