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Nanci Ryder Shares ALS Diagnosis, Steps Down at BWR

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Today, famed celebrity PR pro Nanci Ryder – co-founder of BWR and frequent “most powerful publicists in Hollywood” honoree — made an important announcement via The Hollywood Reporter: she has ALS and she will be stepping down from her role at the firm to devote herself fully to raising awareness of the condition.

This news is particularly relevant after the ALS and the PR industry itself won widespread acclaim for the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge this summer.

The piece is well worth a read, but here are some of its more inspiring quotes from Ryder herself:

“They haven’t told me that I’m terminal, but the disease is…So you fight. That’s it.”

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Katie Holmes Goes Back to BWR

Following the big news of the TomKat divorce, Katie Holmes dropped her publicist at Slate PR and went back to BWR Public Relations, the firm she worked with until shortly after her wedding to Tom Cruise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Holmes has got Leslie Sloane repping her in New York and Nanci Ryder in Los Angeles. Cruise has got Amanda Lundberg at 42West representing him.

By the sound of the news coming out of the early part of these divorce proceedings, they can both use some skilled PR help. Scientology, which has already seen its fair share of bad press, could be an issue here. And there are custody issues.