Walking for ALS

My brother Glen died of ALS about four years ago.

From Wikipedia …

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, sometimes called Maladie de Charcot, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease (US)) is a progressive, usually fatal, neurodegenerative disease caused by the degeneration of motor neurons, the nerve cells in the central nervous system that control voluntary muscle movement. As a motor neuron disease, the disorder causes muscle weakness and atrophy throughout the body as both the upper and lower motor neurons degenerate, ceasing to send messages to muscles. Unable to function, the muscles gradually weaken, develop fasciculations (twitches) because of denervation, and eventually atrophy because of that denervation. The patient may ultimately lose the ability to initiate and control all voluntary movement except of the eyes.

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That description just begins to describe the tragedy of ALS.

A couple of days ago I discovered that Prince Albert will be having a “Walk for ALS” event this Saturday, June 7. On the spur of the moment I picked up a pledge form. Now I need to get some people to sponsor me.

ALS awareness isn’t as high-profile as cancer, heart disease, etc., so it is under-funded. Please consider contributing to the search for a cure for ALS, either by sponsoring me, sponsoring someone else, or signing up to “Walk for ALS” in your community.

One Response to “Walking for ALS”

  1. Dan Loseth says:

    The cheque is in the mail…..