After Lakeside High School senior Stephen Lam discovered that the father of a close friend was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, he knew what he wanted to do for his senior project. And his brother will help.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a disease with no known cure. It attacks the nervous system and prohibits voluntary muscle movement.
To raise awareness about the disease, Stephen will stage a concert with proceeds going to the ALS Association of Georgia.
The concert will feature his brother, Brian, who advanced to the Hollywood round on the seventh season of American Idol.
"I thought by doing this I could do a concert for him (Brian), do the concert for a good cause and show support for my friend's family," Stephen said.
Stephen said that he hopes the concert will help bring to light that there is no cure for Lou Gehrig's disease and that money needs to be raised for research.
"Even if you're not directly affected by the disease, there is someone that is affected by it and we need to show our support," Stephen said.
Brian said he was really happy when his brother asked him to be a part of the project.
"Stephen thought up the idea to raise money to benefit the Lou Gehrig's disease foundation to bring awareness in our hometown," Brian said. "And he has been working really hard to facilitate all of this."
Brian, who has been living in Los Angeles since 2005, also will be selling his recently recorded album, My Embrace, at the concert.
The concert, which is being held at Warren Baptist Church on Friday at 7 p.m., costs $10 per person in advance, or $12 at the door.
Tickets can be purchased before the concert at Family Christian Stores on Robert C. Daniel Parkway in Augusta or from Stephen directly.
For information, or to purchase tickets, contact Stephen at LamALSconcert@yahoo.com.
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