ALS Awareness Month


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 30,000 individuals in the United States are afflicted with ALS at any given time, with approximately 5,600 new cases 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 prevent the disease from robbing hundreds of thousands of Americans of their dignity and lives; and

WHEREAS, aggressive treatments of the symptoms of ALS can extend the lives of those living with the disease; and

WHEREAS, the Muscular Dystrophy Association 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 and services for families in Virginia living with ALS and facilitate the discovery of a cure;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2014 as ALS AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.