Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe.
Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease.
The life expectancy of a person with ALS
x averages 3 to 6 years from the time of diagnosis.
ALS can strike anyone. ALS occurs throughout the world with no gender, racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
Presently there is no known cause of the disease, yet it still costs loved ones an average of $250,000 a year to provide the care people living with ALS need. Medical insurance coverage does not come close to providing the range of support that an individual with ALS needs. Pals for pALS hopes to fill gaps in support that are not covered by medical insurance or other organizations.
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