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.

Monday, June 11, 2012

How About Some ALS Awareness On Flag Day?

There are around 6000 annual deaths from ALS in the United States every year. Approximately 12.1 percent of U.S. citizens are veterans. If veterans experienced ALS at the same rate as the general population, there would therefore be around 726 U.S. military veterans' deaths per year from ALS; however we know that the military experience ALS at twice the "normal" rate. So we're looking at around 1452 U.S. veterans dying from ALS every year. Please check my arithmetic because that seems so very high. Perhaps we should have 1462 American flags displayed in every metropolitan area on Flag Day. That would start some conversations.

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