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Special Guest and Laughter is the Best Medicine Award - NORM CROSBY

Norm Crosby has been making people laugh for over 50 years.  He is often called “The Master of Maloprop.” He has co-hosted and contribued to the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon since 1983. 

Laughter is medicinal, according to a writer for the Mayo Clinic, laughers benefits include: stimulation of organs, activation of stress relief response, and soothes tension.  Laughter also has some long term effects such as improved immune system, pain relief and increased personal satisfaction.


MOVEMENT THERAPY FOUNDATION AWARDS Co-hosted by Lou Ferrigno & Arthur M. Kassel

International Outreach Award


Dr. Alexander Gershman is a renown Urologist who was in the forefront of hte revolutionary surgery technique, Laparoscopic Surgery.

After graduating from Moscow Medical School, completing his residency,  internship, and residency at UCLA Medical Center, he was one of the fist surgeons to apply Minimally-Invasive Laparoscopic method to Urology surgery.

Dr. Gershman co-founded and is currently president of the American Russian Medical Association.  ARMA is dedicated to disease prevention and committed to the education of Russian Physicians on the techniques and benefits of Movement Therapy™.

www.gershmanmd.com to learn more.

Program of Events

5:30pm - Cocktails / Silent Auction

6:30pm - Program Begins

7:00pm - Dinner

8:00pm - Award Presentation

9:30pm - Closing Remarks

Innovative Achievement Award


“Movement Therapy™ : Theraputic Health for the Mobility challenged.”

Flexiciser Inc. was created to servce the mobility challenged.  Its array of products include:

  1. Bullet  Physical Movement Therapy Device (PMTD) Original

  2. Bullet  (PMTD) Sport

  3. Bullet  (PMTD) Professional

  4. Bullet  (PMTD) Bariatric

  5. Bullet  FlexiHamstring

  6. Bullet  FlexiGrip

Arthur Kassel, Chairman and CEO of Flexiciser , Inc. explains, ”My vision is helping people who are disabled by illness just as my wife Tichi was affected by Parkinson Disease. The equipment we developed helped Tichi every day by moving her arms and legs. It changed her life and improved her quality of life.“

As the benefits of the Flexiciser extend world- wide and help the mobility challenged, it will be Tichi’s legacy.

Flexiciser Inc is a leading manufacturer and marketer of Physical Movement Therapy Devices, a unique durable medical equipment technology designed to provide movement for mobility challenged clients.

Flexiciser  delivers proven quality with their innovative technology and customer focused service nationwide.  The technology is manufactured for both home and professional users. It is the only technology that offers a natural walking stride, moving arms and legs simultaneously in 3 modes of operation with no weight bearing impact.

The technology is compatible with multiple devices such as wheelchair or scooter with no transfer required. The patented FlexGrips  allow the user to move arms even when unable to do so on their own.

www.physicalmovementtherapydevice.com for more info.

Movement Therapy Advocate Award


The Movement Therapy advocate award will be presented to Madonna due to her unwavering commitment to helping people with disabilities be heard. She is a consumer advocate for Pride Mobility products and has lobbied Washington DC on their behalf on issues that affect the disabled.

Madonna has a Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security.  She is a single mother of four wonderful children. Madonna is also an editor and contributor to Chloe Magazine. She keeps readers up to date on the issues and happenings that relate to the disabled on Capitol Hill and around the World. Chloe Magazine’s first issue was released in the fall of 2008. It is a full scale women’s magazine for disabled women. The content includes travel, relationships, entertainment, health and lifestyles for all dis- abled women around the world.

Their internet site, www.chloemagazine.com, contains an interactive environment where members can join the community, post product reviews, tell their story, give their opinions and submit articles. The website also includes the latest news and upcoming events.  The magazine and website also has a section dedicated solely to our veterans and military .It contains articles and information geared specifically to inform this demo.

National Public Awareness Award


Five Abilities Expo Scheduled for 2010

  1. Bullet  Los Angeles Event was held April 9-11 in the Los Angeles Convention Center.

  2. Bullet  New York Metro event was held May 21-23 in the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center

  3. Bullet  Chicago land event was held July 9-11 in the in the Schaumburg Convention Center.

  4. Bullet  Houston Event will be held August 27-29 in Reliant Park Expo Center.

  5. Bullet  Atlanta event will be held October 15-17 in Cobb Galleria Convention Center.

Each event will afford an opportunity for visitors to dis- cover great products and services to enrich the lives of people with disabilities. Accessible living, dating, emergency preparedness and fitness are just a few of the many free workshops that will be offered at each expo. The events also include three days of non-stop entertainment. Attendees are entertained with dance performances, gravity defying stunts, adaptive sports and much more.

Medical Practitioner Excellence Award


Dr. Suzy Kim is the Director of Clinical Spinal Injury Program and Scientific Liaison at the Reeve-Irvine Research Center. She is an associate professor at RIRC and UCI Medical Center. 

The mission of the Reeve-Irvine Research Center is to find new treatments for spinal cord injury through the collaborative research and educational efforts of prominent scientists and clinicians both at the University of California, Ir- vine and around the world. (www.reeve.uci.edu)

Dr. Kim’ sresearch is addressed many times in the Reeve-Irvine Research Center publication, Spinal Connections. In the article Does the brain change with gait training, Dr. Kim and her colleagues refer- ence a two year grant from the National Institute of Health (HIH) that will allow them to research conceptual/ development as a to complement conventional rehabilitation. (fall 2009)

Special Award for Advocacy in the Performing Arts - RICHARD KIEL

Actor Richard Kiel is a towering 7’2” tall actor who has cornered the market on playing giants, intimidating henchman, bayou swamp monsters and steel toothed villains. Richard probably is best known for his roll of “Jaws” in the James Bond films “Spy Who Loved Me” Although James Bond was supposed to kill “Jaws” in the “Spy Who Loved Me” Richard Kiel turned out to be one of the best loved James Bond Villains and he survived to go on to reprise his roll in “Moonraker.”

In 1992 he was in an accident which affected his auto balance and now walks using a walking stick or rides a battery powered scooter around if he has to go very far. In the movie “Happy Gilmore” (1996), he is never seen walking and almost all of his scenes are from the waist up. In his latest film “The Portal” Richard’s character is portrayed in a wheelchair. Richard Kiel is an inspiration to us all and an advocate of movement to aid in healing. 


Tichi Wilkerson Kassel Legacy Award


Jeffrey L. Cummings, M.D. is the director of the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA. Dr. Cummings also directs the Deane F. Johnson Center for Neurotherapeutics at UCLA.

Dr. Cummings’ research and leadership contributions in the field of Alzheimer’s disease have been recognized through the Henderson Award of the American Geriatrics Society (2006), the Research Award of the John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (2008), the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Award Of the national Alzheimer’s Association (2008) and the Distinguished Scientist Award of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry (2010).  Dr Cummings was featured in Gentleman’s Quarterly(June 2009) as a Rock Star of Science.” The “Rock Stars” were also included in Vogue and Vanity Fair and met with the Bio Medical Caucus of Congress.

Dr Cummings is the author of the Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI) which has become the most commonly used tool for characterizing behavioral disturbances in dementia syndromes and for measuring the effect of anti dementia therapies on neuropsychiatric symptoms in Alzheimer’s dis- ease and other dementias.

Dr. Cummings completed Neurology residency at Boston University followed by a Research Fellowship in Neuropathology and Neuropsychiatry at the National Hospital for Nervous Dis- eases, Queen Square, London.

At UCLA he held The Augustus S. Rose Professorship of Neurology and is Professor of Psychiatry and Bio Behavioral Sciences. He is the past president of the Behavioral Neurology Society and of the American Neuropsychiatric Association.

Dr. Cummings has authored or edited 33 books and published nearly 600 peer-reviewed papers.

Technological Development Award  SONOCINé

Humans are attuned to abnormalities of motion. Every driver has experienced the sudden interruption of the passing scenery by a dog entering the road. Our reaction to the dog's motion is instantaneous and we depress the brake before we even know it's a dog. This powerful ability to pick out abnormal motion has opened the door to an exciting, life-saving improvement in breast imaging called SonoCiné.

SonoCiné, a sound movie, is a new ultrasound method, which has found 100% more breast cancers in dense breasted women, than mammography alone. These results depend on a recently perfected way of visually simulating motion through the breast so that the unexpected interruption of the normal breast architecture, by even very small cancers, is recognized. Movement Therapy™ is as much a diagnostic as a treatment. (www.sonocine.com)


Host Lou Ferrigno 2 time Mr. Universe and Talented Author and Actor best known for his role as the “Incredible Hulk”

Presenter Actor Robert Davi best known for his roll on TV’s “The Profiler” and for his many roles in movies and TV.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Presented at

JW Marriott @ LA LIVE


Dr. Kevin Kelly and Actor Robert Davi

Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, Arthur Kassel, and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

Madonna Long, Erica Davis, First Women in Wheelchair to climb Mt Kilimanjaro,

Ruthee Goldkorn, Executive Director Ms. Wheelchair CA, June Davidson, President of ASLA, Robbie Motter formally Interim Director,

Fannie Green, Non Profit National Speaker

Actor Richard Kiel and

Former Mr. Universe Lou Ferrigno

Dr. Alex Gershman, Actor Richard Kiel,

Dr. Bruce Hensel and Arthur Kassel

Dr. Suzi Kim and Actor Robert Davi

Lou Ferrigno and David Korse

Madonna Long and Robert Davi

Madonna Long accepts her

Movement Therapy Advocate Award

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

tries the Flexiciser

Dr Alexander Gershman, Arthur Kassel and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

Dr Alexander Gershman, Actor Richard Kiel, Dr Bruce Hensel and Arthur Kassel

Lou Ferrigno, Actor Robert Davi and

Norm Crosby