The summer solstice falls on the same day of ALS/MND Global Day. On June 21, The ALS Association will join its partner organizations nationally and around the world in recognizing ALS/MND Global Day.
According to the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations, ALS, which is commonly referred to as motor neuron disease (MND) outside the United States, affects an estimated 350,000 individuals around the globe and kills more than 100,000 annually. The disease can impact anyone, anywhere, regardless of age, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background.
For the 2014 global campaign, members of the ALS community are asked to raise awareness of this disease by re-tweeting messages from The International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations at @ALSMNDAlliance or using hash tag #GlobalTeam to show solidarity in the international fight against ALS/MND. Supporters can also “Like” and “Share” messages from the Alliance’s Facebook page.
The ALS Association is currently promoting awareness of ALS, which is also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, by recognizing the 75th Anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech to baseball. The famed New York Yankee player was diagnosed with the disease that bears his name in 1939 and died from it two years later. The Association encourages participants to share their own ALS stories on our dedicated campaign microsite, promote facts about the disease or images through social media, or donate to ALS research.