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The ALS Association Celebrates ALS Awareness Month and Encourages People to Challenge ALS

May 1, 2015

May is ALS Awareness Month. This year The ALS Association is celebrating the tremendous awareness generated from last summer’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and the incredible impact it had on the fight against this disease. To continue this momentum, The Association is encouraging the 17 million people who uploaded videos to social media to continue to go beyond the bucket and Challenge ALS® this May: to participate, advocate or donate.

According to Google, last August more people searched for information about ALS than in the entire last decade. The ALS Association is grateful not only for the increased awareness about the disease but also for the $115 million in donations. Progress on how The Association is putting these dollars to work can be viewed here

“This ALS Awareness Month is like no other because of the connection this disease now has with millions more people than ever before,” said Barbara J. Newhouse. “I’m confident that together, we can achieve what no one can do alone—a world without ALS.” 

Unfortunately, it can cost up to $2 billion to develop a drug to slow or stop the progression of the disease. Currently, there is only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and it only modestly extends survival of people with ALS by two to three months.

“The fight against this disease didn’t start and end last summer, and we’re counting on people to get reengaged in the fight against ALS this May,” continued Newhouse.

The ALS Association has made it easier for people to get involved in the mission of the organization by creating a special engagement section of its website. People are now able to find out how they can go beyond the bucket to Challenge ALS.

This year, The Association is honored that Quantum® Rehab will be the official sponsor of ALS Awareness Month. Quantum is a Pride Mobility Products® Corporation company and designs and manufactures complex rehabilitation solutions for individuals with comprehensive mobility needs. As a Premier-Level national partner of The Association, Quantum supports important events, including Walk to Defeat ALS®.

Read the press release.

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