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THE MISSION: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neuromuscular disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease or Motor Neuron Disease (MND).
Messages from the brain & spinal cord to the muscles cease and muscles slowly weaken and die.
Contrary to common thought: ALS is not a painless disease. The muscle wasting causes painful fine twitches (fasciculation), cramps & spasms (spasticity).
ALS affects all voluntary muscles eventually stripping away the ability to move or breathe. Ventilators may prolong survival but do not stop progression & most die from respiratory failure.
During the disease course mental status/cognition, involuntary muscles, the senses and bowel & bladder function are typically unaffected.
BY THE NUMBERS: 20,000-30,000 ... number of people estimated to have ALS. 90 ... number of minutes between each new diagnosis of ALS. 90-95% ... number of people with ALS without a known cause.
2-5 ... number of years life expectancy for most of those diagnosed with ALS. 5-10% ... approximate number of people with ALS who will live more than 10 years.
0 ... number of specific tests available for those trying to confirm ALS diagnosis. 0 ... number of effective treatments available for those suffering from ALS. 0 ... number of cures available for those suffering from ALS.
LET’S MAKE THE IMPOSSIBLE - POSSIBLE: The mission is simple: we’re fighting to end ALS.
Please help make this Mission Possible and join us to take strides for those who cannot, or donate to our team today.
Your donation helps provide necessary equipment & support services for people living with ALS and their families in Oregon and SW Washington and contributes to national research efforts to find a cause, treatment – and a cure for this horrible disease.