HILLSBOROUGH, NJ -  Deb Fabricatore will host an afternoon fund-raiser on Sunday, March 22nd to honor her younger brother, John Bocskocsky, who died at the age of 51 from complications brought on by ALS, best known as Lou Gehrig Disease.

ALS is an acronym for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Gehrig, a Hall of Fame first baseman with the New York Yankees in the 1930s, was forced to retire from the game after he was diagnosed with the disease, first discovered in 1869 by a French doctor.

ALS is a progressive disease, which means it gets worse over time. It affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord that control the body's muscles. As the muscles get weaker, it becomes more difficult to walk, talk, eat, and breathe.

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Proceeds from the March 22nd event, to be held at the Falcon's Nest on Falcon Road from 2-5 p.m.will benefit the work of Hark-ALS, a Hillsborough-based non-profit organization that provides financial and compassionate resources for pALS (people with ALS) and their families across the United States.

The event will include light fare, cash bar, silent auction and live music by Clyde St. Clifford and the Omnidextrous Jazz Ensemble. Proceeds from the event will go to financial assistance for individuals living with ALS, as well as Hark’s Hopemobiles© Program.

“It is organizations such as HARK that provide financial and emotional resources to help families get through such dark and difficult times. After my brother’s passing, it was my personal mission to bring awareness to the devastation of this debilitating disease, not only to the person diagnosed with ALS, but to the entire family,” said Fabricatore.

“Since Deb started the John Bocskocsky Memorial ALS Event in 2018, she has raised close to $45,000, significantly increasing the number of families Hark-ALS has helped; truly making a difference in their lives as they battle this horrible disease,” said Donna York, Hark founder. She added, “Easing the financial burden families face in their ALS journey is a beautiful way for Deb to honor her brother’s memory. Hark-ALS and the families we help sincerely appreciate Deb’s dedication to the ALS community.”

Over the years, the event has attracted local politicians who join forces to support the cause, including state Senator Kip Bateman, (R-16th) Rep. Tom Malinowski, (D-7th), Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16th), Assemblyman Roy Freiman, D-16th, Somerset County Freeholders and members of the Hillsborough Township Committee.

The Hopewell Valley High School Robotics team has also attended and plan to again, encouraging others to share their time and talents. Robotic devices have provided great support to the ALS community.

Hark-ALS was started in 2011 in memory of Charlie “Hark” Dorney, York’s father, after he lost his battle with ALS in 2009. Hark-ALS is on a mission to share the real story of ALS and provide a network of compassionate resources for families. “My dad always taught me that if you have the opportunity to help someone, take it,” York shared. That inspired York and her six siblings to help Hark-ALS raise $1.7 million dollars for ALS families across the country.

To RSVP for the event, or to simply donate, please click here: http://bit.ly/2Si4frI

To purchase tickets by mail, make checks payable to HARK-ALS (enter “John B” in the memo section) and mail to: PO Box 6627, Hillsborough NJ 08844. For additional information, contact Fabricatore at Debfab54@aol.com or 908.420.4751. All donations are tax deductible. Tax ID #45-2768674.

Suggested donation is $50.