Two hundred people attended the “Olson it About Time to Cure ALS” Corn Hole Tournament on August 25th in honor of their friend, George Olson, a nationally recognized chemical engineer and former football player at Northeastern University who was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 54.  Friends, family and many of George’s old football teammates from college came for the celebratory event.

The Corn Hole Tournament was planned by George’s wife Marisa and their friends Jim and Jill O’Leary.  Jim is a head football coach at The Governor’s Academy, and is one of George’s former football teammates at Northeastern University.  The event, which included music, games, a variety of awards, and raffle prizes, took place at The Governor's Academy in Byfield, MA.

George’s doctor, Dr. James Berry, was in attendance to speak with guests about the impact of their support.  “The Healey Center at Mass General is on the cutting edge of research and care, but this is only possible through private philanthropy from generous donors, like you.  Funds raised through the Corn Hole Tournament will support a combination of the HEALEY ALS Platform Trial, our new Expanded Access Program and bold research programs to discover new ALS treatments,” said Berry. The first-year event raised over $50,000.