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NBC10.com - HealthWatch - Man, 83, Fulfills Promise To Dying Wife
George Rayl Adds Biochemistry To Physics Degree
When 83-year-old George Rayl
isn't gardening, he
is studying medical biochemistry.
"It's the chemistry of life and it affects us all very intimately," Rayl
There is a reason for Rayl's dedication -- a promise he
made to his
wife Olga 11 years ago as she
lay dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease.
"I said, 'Well, I'll make you a promise. … I'll spend the rest of my life working in this field in an attempt to find a solution for this thing," Rayl
has made his
promise to Olga come true.He was the oldest graduate at Thomas Jefferson University, receiving a master's degree in medical biochemistry.
Olga was on his
...George Rayl already had a master's degree in physics and worked in the space industry for General Electric.
will use that same brilliant mind to contribute to the study of ALS -- the degenerative disease that attacks the brain.The disease not only took his
wife of 45 years, but her
Now Rayl worries about his
"A cure is a lofty goal -- at least a treatment for ALS.Right now there's nothing.Zip.Zero," Rayl