WHAT IS Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) ?
ALS damages motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. This degenerative and debilitating disease results in a loss of voluntary muscle movement, making it difficult, and eventually impossible for ALS patients to walk, talk and breathe.
ALS is a rapidly progressive, neurodegenerative disease for which there is currently no treatment or cure. ALS is thought to be caused by the breakdown of neurons in the brain that result in the nervous system losing its ability to carry signals to the body’s muscular system.
- The CDC reports that 5,000 Americans are diagnosed every year with ALS
- Women and men are affected equally relative to their age
- 1 in 10 cases are Familial
- 9 in 10 cases are Sporadic
- Every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes someone dies from ALS
This process creates special living needs for ALS patients and their families.