Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, or motor neuron disease) is a disease that gradually paralyzes people because the brain is no longer able to communicate with the muscles of the body that we are typically able to move at will. Over time, as the muscles of the body break down, someone living with ALS will lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow, and eventually breathe.
ALS is not contagious. There is no cure for ALS and few treatment options for the majority of people living with the disease. Approximately 80 per cent of people with ALS die within two to five years of being diagnosed.
Living Proof of Donations At Work
The ALS Society helped Nigel VanLoan and his wife get $100,000 worth of equipment through their equipment loan program.
“ALS would not have been as manageable or the quality of life anywhere near as good [for my wife] without the ALS Society."