As Awareness Month Ends, A Call for Year-Round Focus on ALS

Activists hoping to make awareness key to healthcare issues in 2020 election

As ALS Awareness Month came to an end last week, a call went out to encourage Americans to maintain a year-round focus on finding a cure for the fatal condition commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurological disease that destroys nerve cells and causes disability.

The disease causes the death of motor neurons, which control voluntary muscles. Upper motor neurons send messages from the brain to the spinal cord, and lower motor neurons send messages from the spinal cord to the muscles.

Rick Jobus, who battles ALS, wrote the following on his blog:

“I have raised over $35,000 to combat ALS. The lion’s share of this has come from my network of friends. In the following months, to maintain a sense of urgency, I will distribute occasional broadcast messages to past donors and hoped-for future ones. The content will include highlights of ongoing research, a summary of cumulative ALS philanthropy, a heads-up for upcoming fundraising efforts, and a “thank you” for their role in helping to prop me up.”

For more on Mr. Jobus and his efforts, visit the blog (linked above) or ALS News Today.

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