Grand Rapids is an incredible city with many amazing organizations that are serving residents each day. One prime example of a group doing just that to help advance health care in our region is The ALS Association’s Michigan Chapter.
Often called Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS systematically targets motor neurons, meaning patients gradually face challenges with activities such as speaking, swallowing and using appendages. Muscles progressively weaken and paralysis occurs. Life expectancy for someone with ALS is between three and five years, though some live with ALS for more than a decade.
In the U.S., more than 20,000 residents might be living with this condition at any given time. And thanks to the work of The ALS Association, these men and women along with their families and caretakers are receiving support and hope.
To achieve those outcomes, The ALS Association focuses its work on four key functions:
We commend The ALS Association’s Michigan Chapter for its vital work to support local families facing ALS , and we encourage you to learn more by visiting The ALS Association website. Together, we can make a difference and work toward a cure.