ALS Awareness Month 2016


WHEREAS, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), known by many as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive, fatal neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, making even the simplest movements – walking, speaking, gesturing – nearly impossible; and 

WHEREAS, according to the ALS Association, approximately 20,000 individuals in the United States are afflicted with ALS at any given time, with more than 6,000 new cases diagnosed each year; and

WHEREAS, ALS strikes people regardless of race, gender, age, or ethnicity; and

WHEREAS, finding the causes of, and cure for, ALS will help hundreds of thousands of Americans maintain their dignity and lives; and

WHEREAS, aggressive treatments of the symptoms of ALS can extend the lives of those affected by the disease; and

WHEREAS, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) currently supports nearly 50 ALS projects worldwide with a total commitment of $15 million; and

WHEREAS, MDA leads the search for treatments and a cure for ALS through its aggressive worldwide research and MDA/ALS clinical programs, including those at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center; and

WHEREAS, raising public awareness of this disease will lead to increased support for Virginia families  living with ALS and facilitate the discovery of a cure;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2016 as ALS AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.