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. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating disease that is progressively neurodegenerative. It affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The disorder affects nerves and muscles, gradually impacting a person’s ability to speak, swallow, breathe, and walk – every aspect of their life.
ALS Fast Facts
- ALS progresses rapidly and is terminal.
- Researchers are still searching for a cause.
- Only 10% of ALS diagnoses are hereditary.
- Veterans face a higher risk of developing ALS.
- The VA does provide support for veterans with ALS.
Physicians will run several tests to rule out other conditions. ALS is difficult to diagnose due to its similarities to other conditions. While there is no cure, treatments currently available can slow the disease’s progression.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ALSAwarenessMonth
- 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.
ALS AWARENESS MONTH HISTORY
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 organizations have observed ALS Awareness Month 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.