One of the most fascinating characters from our early MSN Money articles was Mark F. Kessenich, Jr., the bond trader.  We interviewed him in November 2000 when he was already suffering from Lou Gehrig's Disease; he passed away on March 20, 2001.  For those interested ten years later, here is a link to our original article "A Trader Triumphs as His Era Ends."

Suffering through the health care system can be almost worse than the disease, and patients with MDA/ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) have a rough time. Patients need help to breathe, eat, move around, communicate and cope. Families need counseling and practical help. Mark Kessenich saw the need for a multidisciplinary approach. Insurance companies didn't pay for it. So Mark raised a $3 million endowment to establish a center at the University of Miami that would provide that care. Mark's son, Paul, tells me that the Kessenich Family MDA/ALS Center continues, supported by the annual Kess ALS Cup Golf Tournament. To make a donation or learn more about the golf tournament and the center's work, visit the university's Kessenich Family MDA/ALS Center Web site . Vic and I were very inspired by Mark's bravery, and he makes life worth living for many for years to come.


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