_What Is ALS?

A college student becomes uncharacteristically clumsy as she rehearses for her ballet recital…

An investment banker and father of four starts slurring his words…

A restaurant manager has trouble turning the key in her car ignition…

These people are experiencing some of the first symptoms of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS attacks the bodys motor neurons, or nerve cells, and proves fatal within an average of two to five years. As motor neurons are destroyed, a person with ALS loses his or her ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe.
Unless we do something, 300,000 seemingly healthy Americans living will die from ALS. It is a fact that, if we solve the mystery of ALS, we will learn what we need to know about other devastating brain diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's, which afflict over six million people.To date, there is no effective treatment to improve the quality of life or extend the lifespan of ALS victims. Project A.L.S. is working to find and fund treatments and a cure for a disease that has been stamped untreatable for almost 150 years.(from projectals.org)
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