Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. It was discovered in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it didn’t receive national attention until 1939 when baseball star Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with it.
Now known as the Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS has affected the lives of so many people, and that’s how Walk To End ALS came about–to raise money and awareness to defeat ALS. Since its inception in 2000, Walk To End ALS has mobilized hundreds of thousands of people across the country and raised over $200 million “to bring hope to people with ALS, to raise money for a cure, and to join together to fight for something we care about”. A chance to achieve a fitness goal to support a good cause? Sign us up!
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. Through global research, patient services and care, and partnership development, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. For more information about The ALS Association, or to find a Walk To End ALS event near you, please visit www.ALSA.org.