What is ALS

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a progressive, fatal form of motor neuron disease caused by the degeneration of neurons located in the brain and spinal cord.  The disorder is characterized by rapidly progressive weakness, muscle atrophy, respiratory compromise, slurred speech and increasing loss of motor control in hands, arms, and legs.  Most ALS patients succumb to the disease after 2 to 3 years; although occasional individuals have a more indolent course and survive for many years.  Currently, there is no cure and only one approved therapy with marginal efficacy; an estimated 3 month extension in life span.