Contact:
Carrie Munk
The ALS Association
(571) 319-3047
cmunk@alsa-national.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALS Association Honors Volunteers During National Volunteer Month

Washington, D.C. (April 1, 2014)  —  In April, which is National Volunteer Month, millions of Americans will donate their time and talents to a multitude of worthy causes across the nation. The ALS Association acknowledges the special individuals who enhance the lives of people with ALS during April and throughout the year.

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects neurons (nerve cells) in the brain and the spinal cord. 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. There is no cure and no life-prolonging treatments for the disease. 

The Association has received support from thousands who work with the national office and its countrywide chapter network since the organization’s inception in 1985. These dedicated men and women participate in a variety of activities, such as attending and raising funds for annual Walk to Defeat ALS® events, meeting with legislators in our nation’s capital for the National ALS Advocacy Day and Public Policy Conference, and hosting activities that help The Association move closer to finding treatments and a cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease.       

“Volunteers play a critical role in helping The ALS Association follow its mission,” said Association President and CEO, Jane H. Gilbert. “They can provide support to families coping with the disease, sign up to be an ALS advocate and educate their representatives about various issues that impact people with ALS, or work with local chapters to teach their communities about the disease.”

Aside from informing their fellow citizens about how The Association works with families living with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, people can volunteer with The Association in multiple ways. These include – yet are not limited to – performing data entry-related tasks at chapter offices and disseminating information about ALS and The Association and its services while working at community event booths.  

Individuals wanting to volunteer with The ALS Association should contact their local chapter: http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/volunteer/. Volunteer opportunities vary by chapter.

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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