Play raises money for ALS research and support

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Brush Prairie — It was a hilarious play with a serious goal: raise money in the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Four local actor and writers whose former middle school math teacher has been diagnosed with ALS put on three nights of “No Choice,” an original satirical play, at Brush Prairie High School in August. Paul Richter, Rashid Al-Robaee, Branden Smith and Michael MacMillan, who are all in their 20s, raised more than $1,100 for the local Walk to Defeat ALS, which benefits the Portland chapter of the ALS Association. The association provides support, counseling, equipment, connections and funds research toward a cure.