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ALS Awareness Month

Let's join together to raise awareness for ALS during ALS Awareness Month! Let's spread the word and help find a cure today!
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Each May, the world comes together to recognize and raise awareness of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Awareness Month. This year, it kicks off on May 1st and provides an important platform for people all over the world to learn more about this disease and how we can help those affected by it. ALS is a fatal neuromuscular disorder that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. It has no known cure, but there are treatments available that can help ease symptoms and improve quality of life for those with ALS. Join us in advocating for better care and support for those with ALS during this month-long celebration!

History of ALS Awareness Month

ALS Awareness Month Dates

ALS Awareness Month Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1869</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>ALS Is First Identified</div><div class='timeline-text'>French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot first identifies Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1939</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Lou Gehrig's diagnosis</div><div class='timeline-text'>New York Yankees baseball player Lou Gehrig is diagnosed with ALS - raising initial widespread awareness of the disease.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1985</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Lou Gehrig's Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Major League Baseball (MLB) establishes Lou Gehrig's Day, honoring the late player and bringing more awareness to the fight against ALS.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1995</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>The ALS Association Inception</div><div class='timeline-text'>The ALS Association is established to raise funds for research and provide support for those affected by ALS.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Riluzole Approval</div><div class='timeline-text'>Riluzole, the first drug to treat ALS and potentially slow its progression, is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Ice Bucket Challenge</div><div class='timeline-text'>The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge goes viral worldwide, raising over $115 million for ALS research and significantly boosting global awareness of the disease.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate ALS Awareness Month

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a fundraiser</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organizing a fundraiser is a great way to raise awareness and money for ALS Awareness Month. You can host an event like a bake sale, walkathon, or silent auction to help raise funds.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share your story</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Share your story to raise awareness about ALS. People can learn about what it is like to live with this condition and how it impacts people's lives.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Educate yourself</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time to educate yourself about ALS. Visit websites and read books about the condition, so you can be better informed about it.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Support a charity</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Donate to an organization that is dedicated to helping those with ALS or researching the condition. Your donation will help fund research and provide support to those who need it.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Wear purple</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Wearing purple is the official color of ALS Awareness Month. Wear purple clothing, accessories, and decorations to show your support for those living with ALS.</p></div></div>

Why ALS Awareness Month is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Raise awareness for ALS</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>ALS Awareness Month is a great opportunity to spread the word about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and help raise awareness of this debilitating disease. By educating people on what ALS is and how it affects those struggling with it, we can work together to find better treatments and potentially discover a cure.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Increase support for families living with ALS</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>With increased awareness, more people are likely to become involved in fundraisers and donate money toward researching treatments for ALS. This additional financial assistance can make life easier for those affected by the disease, including their family and friends who provide them with care and emotional support throughout their journey.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Encourage positive action towards finding a cure</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By raising awareness of ALS during this special month, we can motivate researchers and medical professionals to work together in order to find effective treatments or even an ultimate cure. A focused effort that brings everyone closer together will greatly improve our chances of success - something every person living with ALS deserves!</p></div></div>

5 Eye-Opening Facts for ALS Awareness Month

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>ALS Affects People All Over the World</h3><p class='facts-content'>Although ALS is commonly associated with high-profile cases in the United States, like baseball legend Lou Gehrig, it's a global disease. The ALS Association estimates that at least 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time. But across the world, the incidence rate is 2 per 100,000 people per year.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There Is No Known Cause for ALS</h3><p class='facts-content'>For up to 95% of individuals diagnosed as having sporadic ALS, there is no clear-cut cause of the disease. Inherited forms of ALS due to specific gene mutations account for a minority of the cases. Scientific research continues to explore possible environmental factors and gene interactions.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>ALS Mostly Affects Adults</h3><p class='facts-content'>ALS most commonly strikes people between 40 and 60 years of age, but younger and older people can also develop the disease. Men are slightly more likely than women to develop ALS before the age of 65; after that, the gender distribution evens out.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>ALS Progresses at Different Rates for Everyone</h3><p class='facts-content'>The rate of progression can be quite variable from one person to another. Although the average survival time with ALS is three to five years, many people live five, 10 or more years. In a small number of people, ALS has stopped progressing for unknown reasons.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>ALS Does Not Affect Cognitive Intelligence</h3><p class='facts-content'>ALS does not generally impair a person's mind or personality, and it does not prevent patients from seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, or recognizing touch. It often leaves muscles of the eyes and bladder unaffected.</p></div></div>

ALS Awareness Month FAQs

When is ALS Awareness Month?

ALS Awareness Month is celebrated on May 1 every year. In 2024, ALS Awareness Month will occur on a Wednesday.

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