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Last modified: May 16, 2014, 3:29 PM
The ALS Association's vision is to create a world without ALS.
The ALS Association's mission, until there is a cure, is to empower people with Lou Gehrig's disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support while contributing to the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and advocacy.
What is ALS?
ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a degenerative disease of the central nervous system, characterized by the death of the motor neurons (specific nerve cells). ALS results in gradual, progressive weakness and wasting away of voluntary muscles, often leading to total paralysis. The life expectancy of a person living with ALS is usually two to five years from diagnosis.
There is no known cause or cure for ALS, but advances in medical technology are allowing people with ALS to lead more independent and productive lives. Research continues in hopes of discovering a cause and a cure.
How does The ALS Association help?
In an effort to improve the quality of their lives, The ALS Association offers free services to people living with ALS and their families.
We serve people in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Superior, Wisconsin.
Funding for these programs comes from individual donations and money raised through our special events.