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The ALS Association
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Representative Dave Reichert Awarded the Jacob Javits Public Service Award by The ALS Association

Washington, D.C. (May 15, 2017) — The ALS Association is pleased to award the 2017 Jacob Javits Public Service Award to Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA- 8th District) for his commitment to people living with ALS and their families. This award acknowledges a public servant’s efforts in raising awareness on Capitol Hill of ALS as well as the challenges that people living with ALS and their families face every day.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. People with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which leads to paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. For unknown reasons, veterans who have served in the military are twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population.

Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association stated: “We are grateful for Rep. Reichert’s leadership in the fight against ALS. His commitment has achieved results and raised awareness of the need for better services and more research for people living with this devastating disease.”

Representative Dave Reichert was first elected to Congress in 2004 and quickly became a champion for people living with ALS. Each year, Congressman Reichert initiates a bipartisan “Dear Colleague Letter” to support $10 million in funding for Department of Defense ALS Research Program to discover why veterans are twice as likely as the general population to develop ALS. Rep. Reichert has also consistently supported appropriations to fund the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the ALS Registry at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - both part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

In addition to supporting medical research to discover future treatments and a cure, Rep. Reichert understands that patients who are courageously battling debilitating diseases like ALS need help today. That’ why he supports legislation that extended the Medicare therapy cap exceptions process, which ensures that ALS patients can receive the therapy they need without worrying about an arbitrary cap Medicare places on the amount of services a beneficiary can receive in a year.

Congressman Reichert’s unwavering commitment to supporting medical research and improving care for those with ALS was recognized in 2007 by the ALS Association Evergreen Chapter who presented him with the “Spirit of Lou Gehrig” award for his determination to bring awareness of the battle against ALS to Congress as well as his ability to show initiative in supporting the ALS community. Congressman Reichert serves on the House Ways and Means Committee.

About The ALS Association
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. For more information about The ALS Association, visit our website at www.alsa.org.

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