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Vincina #ALS Protocol Project “Meet and Greet” Event TONIGHT FRIDAY, JUNE 20 at Emerine Estates Winery! Free to the public!

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The Vincina ALS Protocol Project is hosting a Meet and Greet Event, to educate the community about ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and the high incidence of ALS Clusters in Conneaut, Ohio, TONIGHT Friday, June 20, at Emerine Estates Winery, an environmentally conscious and sustainable vineyard and winery in Cherry Valley, Ohio. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6:30 – 9pm. ALS/MD/MS/Parkinson’s patients, caregivers, families and friends are encouraged to come and share your stories. Light refreshments provided- delicious dinners and fine wines available for purchase at the winery’s restaurant. VPP Team Members from Akron and Cleveland will be joining project director Mike Helfinstine for the presentation. A documentary camera crew will be on location, to record the event for an upcoming film on the life of Mike’s wife, Vincina, who died from ALS earlier this year. In-Kind sponsorship by Ford Motor Company and Nissan Motor Company.

For the past three years, Michael Helfinstine has been working with a team of medical professionals, scientists, researchers, environmental scientists, government officials,documentary producers and other interested parties to develop a medical protocol for the diagnosis and treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease}. In March, 2014, his  wife, Vincina Helfinstine, lost her three year battle against ALS, after only being diagnosed a year earlier. Through her journey with ALS, Vincina and Michael discovered that there is no established medical protocol for helping patients with an early ALS diagnosis and effective treatments. There is no known cure for ALS. Even though the disease has been recognized since the late 1800s, little is still known about what causes ALS, and, according to doctors, the actual medical protocol for diagnosing and treating the disease has changed little in the past 125 years. And, according to doctors and regional ALS foundation representatives, an alarming number of ALS clusters are breaking out around the shores of the Great Lakes and along other waterways, especially where toxic chemical dumping and fertilizer runoff from farms have polluted nearby waterways.Helfinstine and his team have documented an Ohio EPA recognized toxic dump site, in Conneaut, Ohio, that is the epicenter of a cluster of ALS an cancer cases. A stream runs through that toxic site, which flows right into Lake Erie, which is currently experiencing a surge in toxic algae blooms. These algae blooms produce neurotoxins which have been linked to ALS and other motor neuron diseases. At present, the city of Conneaut is unwilling to take the necessary steps to bring the Ohio EPA on site to remediate the situation.

The Vincina Protocol Project receives in-kind support from the Ford Motor Company and Nissan Motor Company.

Emerine Estates Winery is located at 5689 Loveland Road, right off State Route 6. Here is a link to a map with directions.  Light refreshments will be provided. The restaurant will have its full dinner menu and wine selections available for purchase.

For more information about the Vincina Protocol Project winery event, contact Cheryl Dickson Walker at 440-645-9472


For more information about the Vincina Protocol ALS Project, visit our website,  or ‘Like’ us on Facebook @TheVincinaProject . Media inquiries can be made to Cheryl Dickson-Walker at Media Magic:(cell) 440-645-9472; studio line: 440-294-2431, or e-mail: Media kits will be available for journalists and interested participants.

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About the Vincina Protocol Project

The mission of the Vincina Protocol Project is to create a universal ALS protocol for the medical community to follow for early treatment and intervention, and to discover whatenvironmental factors are triggering the disease in humans. For more information on the Vincina Protocol ALS Project, visit


About Emerine Estates Winery
Emerine Estates, an eco-friendly, fifth generation family winery, dating back to 1917, specializes in 100% all natural Traditional Dry and Sweet wines, created using no added Sulfites, stabilizers, artificial flavors, sweeteners, or clearing agents. Wines produced are “Filter Free” and aged to perfection. Each grape and fruit is Estate grown on local plots or innovative sustainable greenhouse vineyards, and hand-picked and pressed. This assures the best in quality for the final bottled wine, without unnecessary handling or fertilization of the grape crop. For more information on Emerine Estates or a tour of the Greenhouse Vineyards, contact owner Jason R. Emerine at 440-293-8199 or visit them online at Emerine
About Media Magic Productions                                                                                                          

Media Magic Productions LLC is a fully-integrated  advertising, public relations and film/video company, serving businesses in Northeast Ohio and Northwestern Pennsylvania and clients, large and small, from New Jersey to California. Founded in 1997, our award-winning staff specializes in producing exciting and innovative broadcast, cable TV and web programming, documentaries, radio and television advertising and corporate video production, as well as complete social media and traditional marketing campaigns for small and medium sized businesses. For more information, contact David Walker: (cell)  440-645-8273, studio line: 440-294-2431, or e-mail: Visit us online at , Twitter: @MediaMagicProd and Facebook: @MediaMagicProductions .

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