Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerves cells in the spinal cord and the brain. As a result of this attack a person loses their ability to control muscle movement leading to paralysis, loss of speech and breathing ability. While research has lead to major breakthroughs it is sad to say that there is still no known cure for this deadly disease and even little as to its cause.
Yet, while little is known much is being done to promote awareness. It is believed that approximately 30,000 Americans currently have ALS, with about 15 new cases being diagnosed each day. Of those diagnosed nearly half of those affected will live only about three years after their diagnosis. While only 10% will live up to ten years or more.
(Thomas Alexander, his wife and children at the 2006 Walk to Defeat ALS in Wilmington)
Many members of our community have been impacted by this terrible (including our club president who lost her brother, former Wilmington Lion Thomas Alexander who was diagnosed in 2005 and passed away in 2007). In order to continue the fight against this disease it is important that we work to make people aware. On August 8th, Angela Murphy, Director of Special Events at the ALS Association – Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter in Raliegh, NC came and spoke at out clubhouse educating us about the diseases impact in our community and what we can do to help. We now want to take what we have learned and share it with others working together to promote further awareness and understanding of the disease, and to do our part to find a cure.If you (or your friends or family members) would like to become involved in an upcoming project, or join our Lions Club, you can contact us in one of these three ways:
Call us at (910) 895-6773 or (910) 995-2183
- Attend one of our monthly meetings to learn more about our group
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