The Anne Lewis Humanitarian Award was given to state Rep. Bryan Cutler for his advocacy efforts on behalf of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Mr. Cutler was honored during a cocktail reception held Thursday at the Fairmont Pittsburgh. His life story was shared -- both of his parents died from ALS while he was in high school -- as he was introduced by Anne Lewis, for whom the award is named. Several people in her life, including her stepson, Matthew Lewis, had the disease, and those experiences led Ms. Lewis to her advocacy. Jim Roddey served as honorary chair for the evening, which was a benefit for the ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter. Also introduced were Elisabeth and Michael Testa, a 30-year-old Iraq veteran who is living with ALS (veterans are twice as likely to get the disease). Applauding them were co-chair state Sen. Jay Costa, executive director Merritt Spier, board chair Eric Zydel, Nadine Bognar, Susan and Alan Citron, Betsy and Steve Magley, Dr. Lisa Cibik and Bernie Kobosky, and Mark Mason.
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