If you're not familiar with ALS, it's a disease that attacks the neurons in the brain and spinal cord. People who are affected may experience difficulty in walking, running, writing, talking, and other muscle related activities. Eventually it causes the person to lose their strength and ability to move, speak, eat, and even breathe. Although doctors can prescribe medicine that help relieve symptoms and prolong survival, the fact remains that there currently isn't a cure.
According to Wikipedia, the median survival time from onset to death is 39 months and only 4% survive longer than 10 years.
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Lou Gehrig first started noticing physical changes halfway through the 1938 baseball season. Three years later, he passed away at his home on June 2nd, 1941.
Another famous ballplayer who had ALS was James "Catfish" Hunter. He was diagnosed in September 1998 and passed away a year later. Today marks the 15th anniversary of his death.
I know that it's counterproductive to sit around and live my life in fear... but the truth is I'm a lot more conscientious about this disease now than I ever was before. One of my co-workers just announced that his mother-in-law was just diagnosed with ALS over the summer.
A few weeks ago, our staff participated in the ice bucket challenge and donated money to support her and other people living with ALS. If you're interested in making a donation to help fund the fight against ALS, you can head over to www.alsa.org.
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!