Ira Fulton: A Champion for Families Facing ALS
Ira A. Fulton is celebrating his 10th year as a Trustee for the Barrow Neurological Foundation. His connection to Barrow Neurological Institute is more than philanthropy: It’s personal.
In 2009, his son Gregory came to Barrow after going from specialist to specialist looking for an explanation of his stroke-like symptoms. Finally, he consulted Shafeeq Ladha, MD, at Barrow and received the diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Greg fought a valiant battle but lived only three more years. Ira and his beloved wife Mary Lou endowed the Gregory W. Fulton ALS and Neuromuscular Disease Center at Barrow in honor of their son’s fight.
“I couldn’t save my son’s life, but I can help other people with this disease, and that’s why I made this gift,” Ira said, when he made this generous gift to launch the project in 2011.
Today, the Fulton Center is a beacon of hope for ALS patients worldwide – setting the standard for expert patient care and conducting curative research into causes of and treatments for this devastating disease. Please join us in congratulating Ira for his years of service to Barrow and to ALS patients throughout the world.