Gregory’s Legacy

Barrow Neurological Foundation

Ira Fulton and his wife Mary Lou Fulton
Ira and Mary Lou Fulton

Gregory Fulton received care at Barrow for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In June, Arizona homebuilder Ira Fulton and his wife, Mary Lou made a gift of $540,000 to Barrow Neurological Foundation, matching a grant made by the ALS Association to Barrow Neurological Institute. Proceeds from the ALS Association’s Ice Bucket Challenge—along with a matching gift from the Fultons—are funding a research project into Lou Gehrig’s disease at the Gregory W. Fulton ALS and Neuromuscular Disorders Center at Barrow Neurological Institute.

The goals of the Barrow study are to determine why individuals with ALS progress differently through the many stages of the disease and to identify better treatment options. The research project, which will closely monitor 150-200 patients with ALS over the course of two years, will follow subgroups of individuals with the disease to study genetic and biological mechanisms, and to determine how they cause patients to progress and respond differently. The research is being led by Barrow scientist Robert Bowser, PhD, who was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Sheila Essey Award, considered the most prestigious award for ALS research.