Senator Golden Honors Jenny Hynes For Raising Funds For Als In Honor Of Her Late Father

Martin J. Golden

June 30, 2006

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden this week honored Jenny Hynes, a 2006 graduate of Public School 222, with a State Senate Proclamation commending her efforts which raised over $650.00 for the A.L.S. Association.

Jenny Hynes lost her father, Michael Hynes, to ALS last June and this past Spring, led a fundraising effort for the ALS Association in his honor and to help find a cure. Working with her teacher, Ms. Trinka who’s mother succumbed to ALS in November, over $650.00 was raised by Jenny through the sale of "Never Give Up" bracelets, paper baseballs and through the raffling off of ALS Association T-Shirts.

The proclamation read, "Commending Jenny Hynes for her display of outstanding citizenry in support of ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in honor of her father, Michael Hynes, who succumbed to ALS last June, after approximately eight years of suffering...and, whereas, Jenny Hynes is a brave and courageous young girl..."

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosisis a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, and this progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually lead to a person’s death.

When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost, and with voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed, and yet, through it all, for the vast majority of people, their minds remain unaffected.