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Stephanie Dufner
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Sundt Construction Partners with ALS Association; Chapters to Fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Washington, D.C. (February 3, 2014) – The Arizona-based company Sundt Construction has formed an alliance with The ALS Association in the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The company has teamed up with some of The Association’s chapters to host three golf tournaments in memory of an employee who died from the disease.

ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. For unknown reasons, veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population. There is no cure, and only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) modestly extends survival.

The tournaments are in memory of Mike Gaines, a senior project manager who worked for Sundt for nearly 20 years before he passed away from ALS in November 2002. More than $33,000 was raised from a tournament last spring for the Greater Sacramento Chapter held at Woodcreek Golf Club in Roseville, Calif. Monies raised have helped to fund a study at the University of California, Davis. This study will investigate whether a drug can help treat muscle cramps, which is a symptom of ALS that affects more than 75 percent of people with the disease.

“We are so excited each year that Sundt’s offices raise more and more money for ALS research and treatment options. Many of us at Sundt worked with Mike and have a personal connection in helping find a cure for this disease. 2014 marks the Sacramento Office’s fifth year hosting a Mike Gaines Golf Tournament, and this year is shaping up to be our most successful!” said Robin S. Hunt, Sacramento Business Development Representative at Sundt.

“Sundt’s investment into ALS research will have a profound impact on how we understand the disease today and how we treat it tomorrow,” said Amy Sugimoto, Executive Director of the Greater Sacramento Chapter.

Sundt also played host to a tournament in San Diego, Calif., which benefitted the Greater San Diego Chapter. “We were pleased and honored for our Greater San Diego Chapter to be involved with the Sundt Construction Company’s annual ALS Golf Tournament,” said ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter Executive Director, Tom Courtney. “Clearly, Mike Gaines was very thought of by so many Sundt employees, and we hope that the funds raised by the tournament will help find a cure for ALS.” The tournament, which raised more than $20,000 for the chapter, was held at Riverwalk Golf Course in Mission Valley in June 2013.

In addition to working with The Association’s Greater Sacramento and Greater San Diego Chapters, Sundt held a tournament in Phoenix last April that raised approximately $60,000 and benefitted The Association’s Arizona Chapter. “The Arizona Chapter truly values the funds provided by Sundt and this golf tournament.  It is wonderful to see a company care so much for their employees that they continue to remember Mike Gaines and raise funds for ALS research,” Taryn Norley, Executive Director of the Arizona Chapter.

Gaines and the Sundt Foundation worked together to establish Mike Gaines Charitable Fundraising Events to help eradicate the disease and preserve his memory.  Since 2001, Sundt has raised more than $1 million for ALS research.

About The ALS Association
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front.  By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.  For more information about The ALS Association, visit our website at


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