The world over, ALS is an equal opportunity threat that can strike regardless of geographic location, racial, ethnic or socioeconomic background. Uniting people with ALS, their caregivers and advocates on June 21, 2013 for ALS/MND Global Awareness Day, The ALS Association needs your help blanketing Twitter with Twibbons.
You can download your Twibbon here, which reads “End ALS,” and add this seal to your Twitter or Facebook profile picture. Displaying your Twibbon is a symbol that shows your support for awareness for this fatal disease.
Also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Outside the United States, ALS is often referred to as motor neuron disease or by its acronym (MND).
Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. For unknown reasons, veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population. There is no cure, and only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration modestly extends survival.
In addition to displaying a Twibbon, supporters are encouraged to tweet messages of hope using the hashtag: #worldwithoutALS and to share their stories and experiences of living with ALS to continue to raise awareness around the world to stop this fatal disease that typically strikes at random.