WELLSVILLE -- A man with a mission, inspired and fired by the tragedy that struck his own home, paused in his visits to large cities and contacts with extensive corporations and agencies, to visit his native Montgomery County over the weekend. H. Eames Bishop came here from Washington University, St. Louis, when he had lectured on his favorite subject, "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis", known as the "Lou Gehrig Disease". He was a houseguest of his brother, Bill Bishop, at St. Peters, Mo., and visited his aunt on his mother's side, Mrs. Inez Gliser, of Montgomery City, on her 90th birthday. On Sunday, Eames was honored with a family dinner at the MFA Cafe, New Florence. His uncle, Howell Bishop, 91, of Wellsville, and 12 of 17 first cousins living in Missouri, were present to visit with him. One cousin, Mrs. Barbara Fort of Wellsville, gives this report of the gathering. "The afternoon started with a tape recording from Roy C. Bishop, St. Petersburg, Fla., sending love and best wishes to all and especially to his brother, Howell. (Roy, 96, the father of Eames, and Howell, 91, are the last of nine sons of the late Sam C. and Alice Hayden Bishop.) On the same tape were greetings from Leola Bishop, the eldest grandchild, daughter of Wilford (Bill) and Mary Bishop, deceased, to cousins, brothers and Uncle Howell. the tape, made in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Wednesday, July 21, was much enjoyed. "In return, a tape was made to Uncle Roy and Leola from the first cousins and brothers. Also a card of cheer was signed by all for first cousin, Imogene Coleman, of Jonesburg, a patient in Boone County Hospital. "Eames gave an informative talk on his wife's illness which started him on his ALS career. Shortly after a visit to Missouri in 1972, Mary Frances Bishop became ill. At first she fell, started dropping things, lost control of her muscles and became bedfast. The doctors gave her three years to live. Through the constant love and care of her family and her husband's determination to fight the disease, she lived for nine years. Her only communication was batting her eyes. Her death was attributed to a stroke. "Present at the gathering on Sunday were Howell Bishop, Wellsville; Marlene Bishop, Montgomery City, only remaining daughter-in-law in the first generation; Sam and Virginia Bishop, Mineola; Wilford Bishop, Wendell and Dorothy Bishop, Montgomery City; Bill and Tommy Bishop of St. Peters; Edna Miller, Bellflower; Harry Sam and Dee Bishop, Mildred and Bill Fipps, Virginia and William Crouch, Barbara and George Fort, Wellsville; "Nellie and Clinton Frost, Mrs. Clark Bishop, Florissant; Sarah Melissa Bishop, Montgomery City, daughter of Calvin of Alaska; Alice and Don Brockman and daughters, daughter and granddaughters of Clark Bishop; Mr. and Mrs. Dave Bishop and sons, Jonesburg, grandsons of Harry Bishop, deceased. Mr. Barbara Harrelson and daughter of New Hartford, daughter of Angie Ruth Bishop Worrell, deceased. "Also present were Chromer and Wilma Gliser Smith and Don Gliser of Montgomery City, cousins of Eames Bishop on his mother's side." H. Eames Bishop, who worked for a pharmaceutical company before his wife's unexpected illness, received its blessing in his efforts to find a cure or remission to the crippling Lou Gehrig's disease. For the past nine years he has contacted doctors, hospitals, research centers, companies, corporations and individuals. A few years ago, a magazine, "Accent on Living", reported a compliment to Mr. Bishop from the ALS Research Foundation, Inc., of Milwaukee, Wis., "His efforts during the past few years have, I suspect, accomplished more for concerted efforts directed against ALS than any other individual effort in the past generation". The Milwaukee group was formed after the wife of Allis-Chalmers Corps. president died of ALS. The ALS Society of America (ALSSOA) of which Eames Bishop is national president, has as its slogan, "People Helping People" and has a membership of around 45,000 families in its constituency. Its goal is to find a cure for ALS through medical research, and until that happy day, advise and educate ALS patients and their physicians on how best to cope with the disabling symptoms of the disease. It is governed by a prestigious Board of Trustees from all regions of the United States. It is operated by a small staff and supported by thousands of volunteers worldwide. Its chief executive officer (H. Eames Bishop), whose wife had ALS, works full time without compensation. It meets the requirements of all major non-profit accrediting agencies. The disease is a devastating motor neuron disease which in most cases totally paralyzes its victims; and unless heroic defenses are utilized, is usually terminal within three to five years. At present there is no cure but symptomatic treatment may prolong the course of the disease. ALS is not a rare disease since it affects more people than does Muscular Dystrophy and is about equal in incidence to Multiple Sclerosis. It mostly attacks mature individuals between the ages of 40 and 70, although it has been known to strike all age groups, even babies. Men are affected about twice as often as women. The "Alssoan" is a publication that gives hope to victims and families. It reports and shows pictures of what is being done and prints letters from many different countries as well as from the U.S. Communication devices are being invented. In the Summer 1982 issue, H. Eames Bishop is shown demonstrating the "Etran" for use by those who have speech difficulties. The same issue tells of a Board of Trustees meeting that opened with a special homage to Mary Frances Bishop; and a picture of Robert C. Bishop, Ph.D., a son of Eames, recently elected to the Board of Trustees. The younger Bishop, according to the publication, "brings considerable expertise in scientific analysis and procedures" with a degree in biochemistry and experience in research laboratories in coagulation- hematology and other services. Besides his wife's illness to spur him on, Eames Bishop had a special interest in the famous ballplayer, Lou Gehrig, ALS victim. His uncle, Jim Bishop, played national league baseball and was a personal friend of Lou and Babe Ruth.
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