Worcester firefighters answer the call for ALS, and a friend

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Worcester firefighters will hit the ice in April as part of a charity hockey game to raise money to support research for the brain and spinal cord disease known as ALS and pay tribute to Worcester native Mary Beth Benison, who passed away in 2015 after battling ALS and three other major illnesses.

The firefighters hockey team will take on members of the Mary Beth Benison Foundation team. The foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in Worcester whose purpose is to help people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and other illnesses who may need financial assistance to cover their healthcare costs.

Mary Beth Benison endured more than her share, but still found ways to give back.

Courtesy Katie Camell

Mary Beth Benison endured more than her share, but still found ways to give back.

“I saw my sister go through so many different struggles,” Mary Beth’s youngest sister, Katie Benison Camell, said. “She had a lot of different challenges that she had to face. Out of all those awful things that she had to experience, by far ALS was the worst of them. It took away her ability to walk, talk and eat.”


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