Lou Gehrig's Disease - Motor Neuron Disease - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Thought it had been cured by now? Still no known cause. Still no cure. Still quickly fatal. Still outrageous.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Eight Years... 50,000 American Funerals Later

Remember June 19, 2003? It was Lou Gehrig's 100th birthday. We passed out baseball cards and gathered donations for nice commemorative pins. We started to realize that there are a lot of young baseball fans who don't realize who Lou was. We raised awareness the way we always raised awareness -- with modest and diligent and sporadic efforts at small events.

We have lost around 16 Americans to Lou Gehrig's Diseae every day (seven days a week) in the last eight years. We still try to raise awareness in very modest ways, the way we always have.

ALS is a big problem. It's time for some big, effective, continuous efforts to bring the ALS problem into serious focus. If most people don't know ALS is still around, we certainly can't blame them for ignoring it.

Shame on us if we keep raising awareness the way we always raised awareness.

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