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Dr. Gerald Bentley ALS 5k Run/Walk

Sat November 13, 2021 Directions


In honor of Bro. Dr. Gerald Bentley the Chi Lambda chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is hosting the annual ALS 5k Run/Walk. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of ALS. The proceeds from this run will go towards establishing the Dr. Gerald Bentley Scholarship. 


Tennessee Tech University Sherlock Park, William L. Jones Drive, Cookeville, TN

Date & Time

November 13, 2021

Start Time: 7:00 AM CST

End Time: 9:00AM CST

Who was Dr. Gerald Bentley?

Dr. Gerald Bentley was a native of Memphis, TN. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemistry and Biology with a minor Psychology in the spring of 1996 from Tennessee Technological University. While there he earned several accolades on and off the football field including four letters, the honor of Team Captain, Tennessee Technological University’s Man of the Year, First Team Ohio Valley Conference, and Honorable Mention All-American. Upon graduating, he entered the University of Tennessee at Memphis School of Pharmacy in the fall of 1998. There he earned a pharmacy degree with a concentration in Nuclear Pharmacy in 2002, Nuclear Pharmacy Certification, and both Immunization and Asthma Certifications. While attending Tennessee Technological University, Dr. Bentley joined Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in the fall of 1993. He served as Basileus of the Chi Lambda chapter in 1995 and 1996. Dr. Bentley became an active financial member of Epsilon Phi graduate chapter where he served in many leadership positions. Until ALS made its mark in Dr. Bentley’s life, he was the Pharmacy Manager of a thriving 24-hour Walgreens Pharmacy. During his tenure with Walgreens, he managed several stores in the greater Memphis area and became certified in Compounding Medications. He used this certification to train other Walgreens pharmacists in the surrounding area. Dr. Bentley’s journey was not just about the disease and the impact on his life. It was about the impact he had on the lives he touched. Dr. Bentley leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Tomika, two daughters, Qiera and Keilani; and parents: Earnice and John Love.


This event is free and open to the public. We are asking for at least a $10 donation to help support our cause. Our goal is to raise $5,000 for this event!

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What is ALS?

ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a disease of the parts of the nervous system that control voluntary muscle movement. In ALS, motor neurons (nerve cells that control muscle cells) are gradually lost. As these motor neurons are lost, the muscles they control become weak and then nonfunctional.
The word “amyotrophic” comes from Greek roots that mean “without nourishment to muscles” and refers to the loss of signals nerve cells normally send to muscle cells. “Lateral” means “to the side” and refers to the location of the damage in the spinal cord. “Sclerosis” means “hardened” and refers to the hardened nature of the spinal cord in advanced ALS.

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Tennessee Tech University Sherlock Park, William L. Jones Drive, Cookeville, TN

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