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Friends remember classmate with donation

Staff Reports

While planning their 25-year class reunion for the Douglas High School Class of 1988, Coleen Zepeda, Monique Reno, Carrie Nolting and Jolie McDuffee received news that one of their classmates and longtime friend, Alicia Edney, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

ALS, often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord, and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to 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.

Edney lost her battle with the disease on April 10.

Edney, along with her sisters, graduated from Douglas High, and according to her friends one of her last hopes was that she would make it to the reunion.

The reunion committee has vowed to honor Edney by making a donation to ALS research in her name.

“Alicia had a zest for life and lived it to the fullest,” her friends said. “She was thankful to grow up in Carson Valley and visited often.”

Anyone wishing to help them with this donation, can go to Accolades Trophies, Engraving and Gifts in the Stratton Center. Reno will have a collection box and a card to sign.

A collection box will also be at the JT Basque Bar & Restaurant on June 21 for the DHS class of 1978 reunion.

The final collection will be the actual reunion weekend, July 19 at the Corner Bar in Minden and July 20 at the Carson Valley Inn.