Just what is ALS?
ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
Learn more about the diseaseWatch Tom and his Fiancé Kristi take the Ice Bucket Challenge!
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
WE HAVE OUR DATE!
The White Bear Lake Polar Plunge 2015 date has been posted! We leap into the waters January 31st so mark it on your calendar! Registration opens in October and we'll be taking donations at that time.
This will be our 4th year jumping!
Last year we raised $2000.00 and we'd like to blow that number out of the water!
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