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  Episode 63 - Phil Avillo


Pennsylvania State Representative Bryan Cutler returns to the ALS Podcast to talk about his personal history with ALS and the power of advocacy. He is joined by Greater Philadelphia Chapter President Ellyn Phillips as she shares her ALS story on the podcast for the first time and talks about how she and Bryan have known each other for over 20 years in their united battle to end ALS. In this episode, Bryan and Ellyn talk about how ALS has impacted their lives, the value of sharing stories with elected officials, and the growth of The ALS Association in Pennsylvania over the past decades. They also talk about why you should participate in ALS Advocacy in Harrisburg on Wednesday, May 18 or visit Washington, DC from May 8-10. Email for more details on how to get involved.

Episode 52 - Phil Avillo

Phil Avillo is a United States Marine veteran of the Vietnam War, an amputee, college professor, coach of many sports, loving husband and father, and is living with ALS. His many years of life experience, particularly his willingness to walk away from what was familiar at points in his personal history, have prepared him for this next step of being an ALS advocate. As Phil gets ready to raise awareness for the Hershey Walk to Defeat ALS, he joins the ALS Podcast to discuss his life, his diagnosis, and what he hopes to accomplish next.


Episode 51 - Gail Houseman, RN and Kelly Slipakoff

ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter staff nurse Gail Houseman started the Chapter's Visiting Volunteer program 15 years ago. Since then, over 100 volunteers have participated in the program to provide help and companionship to people with ALS in the Chapter's area. Kelly Slipakoff was the very first VV and she continues to be involved in the program to this day. In this podcast, Gail and Kelly talk about the program, what they've learned, and how to be good friends to those living with the disease and their families.

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