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Mark F. Kessenich playing golfIn 1994, at the age of 55, Mark F. Kessenich, Jr. was diagnosed with ALS.  An avid golfer he bravely told his family that he "would play the ball where it lies."  We had no idea what a "bad lie" it was. Over the next few years, he declined rapidly.  He had great respect for his main doctor, Walter Bradley.  Still he was frustrated with the disjointed care he was receiving, visiting doctors all over town.  He asked Dr. Bradley (who at the time was the head of Neurology at the University of Miami) to help him start a multi-disciplinary ALS Center for patients and their families. Within the year Mr. Kessenich and his friends generously gave the funds to make the Center a reality.  Mr. Kessenich died March 20, 2001.  His children celebrate his life and continue to raise money for the center with an annual golf tournament, The Kess Cup.

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