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Baring (almost) all for an ALS cure

Wisconsin women's au naturel calendar raises research funds for Hopkins' Packard Center in honor of their dear friend
Posted November 9, 2016

When Wendy Rauwerdink began her battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), her old high school classmate, T.C. McCarty, brainstormed ways to support her. The winning idea? A tasteful pinup calendar!

Inspired by the 2003 Helen Mirren film "Calendar Girls," McCarty and 11 fellow alumni of North High School in Sheboygan, Wis., bared (almost) all for the "North High Girls of '72 and What They Like To Do" calendar. All profits generated by the 2017 calendar go directly to the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins, which funds research on the disease around the world. Already, the group has raised more than $35,000.

"This isn't about keeping our friend here," Mary Jo Vollrath told WBAY-TV. "It's about, maybe, somebody else having a better life who develops this disease as well."

View WBAY's full story about the ALS Calendar Girls of '72 to hear about how the project came together. You can also visit the ALS Calendar Girls of '72 website to purchase a calendar and connect with the Calendar Girls for ALS on Facebook.

For more information about how you can help support ALS research, please contact Milan Karol, senior associate director of development for the Packard Center.