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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a fatal, neurodegenerative illness that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
• The average life expectancy of a person with ALS is two to five years from diagnosis.
• As the disease progresses, people with ALS lose the ability to walk, move, speak, swallow and, eventually, to breathe– all while the mind and senses continue to function.
• Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with ALS. Every 90 minutes, someone loses their battle.
• ALS is not contagious and does not discriminate – it affects men and women of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic communities around the world.
• Approximately 10% of those diagnosed have a hereditary or familial form of the disease.
• Military veterans are diagnosed with ALS nearly twice as often as the general population.
• Most people with ALS remain at home throughout the course of the disease and managing the progression of the disease is emotionally, physically and financially draining on families.
• The annual costs for home care, coupled with the cost of necessary equipment (which includes speech, mobility, transportation, etc.) can exceed $200,000 per year.
• Currently, there is no known cause and no known cure.
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