The Cause to Defeat ALS
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as the “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”, is a progressive neuro-degenerative disease that affects the nerve cells that are found in the brain and the spinal cord. It affects voluntary muscles in the body which would lead to paralysis in the later stages of the disease. It is characterized by muscle stiffness and muscle wasting. It is also among the diseases that has very little treatment options and no cure at all.
According to reports, about 5,600 people in the United States alone are diagnosed with the ALS each year.
On Sunday, October 11th, more than 5,000 people joined the walk at Greenfield Park to defeat ALS. This was an event organized by the Milwaukee Chapter of the ALS Association in an attempt to raise funds for those who are suffering with the disease.
Melanie Bekos, the Executive Director of the Wisconsin ALS Chapter, said, “ALS has a tendency to be a very isolating disease and for one day, we want patients and their families to know they are not alone…”
Each group of participants was the support group of someone who has ALS.
Michael Sherman, a resident of Menomonee Falls, said, “As long as I’ve been coming here it’s grown tremendously. It seems to have gotten even bigger this year, so great.”
“The ice has melted and we still need the support of everyone out there. We can do this. We live in a world where we can find the answers to this,” Bekos added.
As years pass, the cure for this debilitating illness hasn’t been found, and it is the families that feel the loss more than we do.
The Milwaukee ALS Chapter has almost reached their goal of raising funds to as much as $450,000.