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Monday, August 24, 2009

Former UW women's basketball players reunite to help a teammate with ALS
In 2006, just before her 28th birthday, Erickson was diagnosed with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. In 2007, her teammates, most notably Duncan and Pimley, formed the Melissa Erickson Foundation to help raise money to pay for medical bills and necessary alterations to Erickson's home.

"When we first found out that Mo had this disease, of course we were all in shock," Pimley said. "And the first time we went out to dinner with her after that, Sarah and I got together and told her that we knew there were going to be a lot of financial burdens, but we're going to come up with some kind of financial plan to help her out with that.'"

Next Saturday, the foundation is staging a Ring Around the Needle Pub Crawl. Eight bars that surround the Seattle Center are taking part in the event.