ALS: In memory.

Aug
2014
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I’ve been challenged now by a couple of people for the ALS Ice Bucket challenge. It’s been amazing to see all of the attention that this disease has gotten because of it and I can only hope that my Great Aunt Rosalea and her brother Gerald would be thrilled to see the support and money that’s been raised.

That’s my Grandmother on the left and her sisters Rosalea and Babe. Her brother Gerald died of ALS in 1988. My grandmother died from cancer in July 2001 and her sister Rosalea died of ALS in December of 2001.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons  die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed (alsa.org).

I encourage you all to read more about what ALS really is, ice bucket challenge or not. We take for granted every day that we are able to step down from a curb or that we’re able to talk to the person next to us. Let’s hope that someone finds a cure for this disease.

Special thank you to my mother + Aunt Barb for sharing their stories and family info! To learn more or make a donation, please visit alsa.org.

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