ALS AWARENESS MONTH
May is ALS Awareness Month and with it comes a round of support and advocacy for everyone who has received the diagnosis that is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating disease that is progressively neurodegenerative affecting nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The disorder affects nerves and muscles, gradually impacting a person’s ability to speak, swallow, breathe, walk – every aspect of their life.
More research is needed as there is no cure and few effective treatments. In the United States, more than 6,000 people are diagnosed each year.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Learn more about ALS or donate to show your support by visiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association website.
Join a local event such as an ALS walk or run. Visit the ALS Association website for information. Use #ALSAwarenessMonth to share on social media.
The United States Senate passed Joint Resolution 174 designating May 1992 as National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month. President George H. W. Bush signed proclamation 6426.
Every May since ALS Awareness Month has been observed across the nation with events designed to promote research and provide improved support for those coping with the disease and the families who care for them.
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