Monty had been drawing since childhood and began painting in 1990 after retiring from the textile industry. He specialized in painting people, especially children, and loved to paint clowns and other happy characters. Monty won many awards, and his paintings have been exhibited throughout Florida.
Tom retired from teaching at a community college in 2000 and was looking forward to playing and performing music. Months later, he received a diagnosis of ALS. As he has lost his mobility, beginning with his feet and moving upward, Tom has made adaptations every step of the way. Now a quadriplegic, Tom blinks his eyes to communicate and draw on a computer. “Orphan” is a drawing of a child with AIDS from southern Uganda.
Biotechnology company BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics has announced plans to collaborate with two American institutions to test its experimental stem cell technology in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in the United States. The institutions are Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass.