Here’s what we know about ALS: it’s the most common of the two known fatal motor neuron diseases. It’s indiscriminate and can attack anyone at any time. It typically kills its victims within 3-5 years of diagnosis. At this time, it’s fatal in 100% of all cases.
Here’s what we don’t know: what causes it, how to effectively treat it and how to survive it.
It’s for these reasons, as well as the particularly cruel effects of the disease, (progressively losing all motor skills and the ability to talk, swallow and breathe), that TheTopTens has ranked ALS as one of the Top 5 worst diseases known to mankind.
And yet, that isn’t to say that it’s a hopeless situation. Far from it.
Leading ALS researchers around the globe are beginning to chip away at this mystery. Given continued and increased funding, many are optimistic that we’ll soon make critical breakthroughs that could lead to treatments that slow the disease. And, ultimately, provide a cure.
But it won’t happen without the support of an expanding and dedicated community. That’s why we’d like you to consider a donation to the ALSA Wisconsin Chapter on Giving Tuesday (December 1st). Regardless of your contribution, you’ll join the list of people who are compassionate enough to help end this merciless disease.