Walking to Defeat ALS


Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. It first came to national attention in 1939 when legendary Yankee Lou Gehrig abruptly retired from baseball after being diagnosed with the disease that now bears his name. In ALS, the progressive degeneration of motor neurons 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. Most patients live only three to five years after diagnosis and as many as 30,000 Americans have Lou Gehrig’s disease at any given time.


The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter’s mission is to lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global, cutting-edge research and to empower people with Lou Gehrig’s disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. The Chapter plays a major role in promoting the mission of The ALS Association by:

* Providing quality services to patients and families living with ALS throughout the greater New York area, including New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, the Hudson Valley, and northern and central New Jersey.

* Funding aggressive, cutting-edge research to find a cure that utilizes the newest techniques and fosters collaborative initiatives among government agencies, the private sector and scientists.

* Supporting The ALS Association’s national advocacy program to expand government support of research and elicit programs to make treatments and care accessible and affordable for all ALS patients.

* Heightening awareness of ALS in order to stimulate volunteerism, scientific and healthcare community activism, and public support that is essential to the fight against ALS.


The Walk to Defeat ALS® is The ALS Association’s nation-wide fundraising and awareness campaign with more than 175,000 participants annually. Since 2000, the events have had constant positive growth and have raised over $189 million toward our mission – a world without ALS. The Walk to Defeat ALS® empowers patients, friends, families, and the business community to fight back against a disease that often leaves many feeling powerless.

As the largest event in support of Lou Gehrig’s disease in the New York metropolitan market, the Greater New York Chapter’s Walks drew over 12,000 Walkers in 2013, and raised over $2.1 million dollars in support of research and local patient and family programs.

For more information about The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter and how it is helping to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease, go to www.als-ny.org or www.ALSWALKS.org and follow on Facebook and Twitter.


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