ALS
stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” or Motor Neuron disease.  ALS is a neuromuscular disease, which attacks the motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain, eventually causing complete paralysis.  The afflicted person loses the ability to move, talk, swallow and eventually breathe on his own, yet all the while maintaining brain and sensory function.  ALS is always fatal.  As of today, there is no known cause or cure.  All that can be done is treat the symptoms to make life a little more comfortable.  At any one time, there are over 30,000 people in the United States living with ALS.  Every year there are 5000 newly diagnosed cases.  Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a degenerative disease that strikes without warning and without family history.  The financial cost to the families of persons with ALS can be up to $200,000 a year.  The emotional burden is incalculable.  ALS is fatal usually within two to five years after diagnosis.  20% of those afflicted live 5 years or more, and up to 10% will survive more than 10 years.

ALS Association – St. Louis Regional Chapter

2258 Weldon Parkway
St. Louis, MO 63146-3206
Website:  http://www.alsa-stl.org