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The Walk to Defeat ALS® Continues to March on Safely This Spring
While local conditions for events vary state by state, the priority is the safety and well-being of people with ALS, their families and caregivers, and our volunteers and staff. So while Walk to Defeat ALS® events may look a little different from place to place, the ALS community will creatively come together safely in local markets to honor a loved one with the disease, to remember those who have passed, and to raise awareness and critical fundraising support for the fight against ALS.
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What ALS Focus Hopes to Learn from ALS Caregivers
ALS Focus recently launched its third survey, gathering data from ALS caregivers to identify the unique needs and challenges of ALS caregiving. Responses to this survey will help translate the caregiver experience into action and influence ALS programs and policy decisions. ALS Focus Director Dr. Sarah Parvanta detailed the questions her team is asking in the current survey during a recent episode of Connecting ALS. A portion of that conversation has been edited and condensed below.
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The Michelsens' Journey with Love and ALS
ALS can take away many things, but one thing it cannot take away is love. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we wanted to highlight one of many stories of love, commitment and ALS. Meet Jonathan and Janetta Michelsen.
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Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science
This week the world turned their focus to the celebration of women and girls in science, shining a light on the tremendous gender gap that still exists in the world of science. We asked Jill Yersak, Ph.D., Vice President of Mission Strategy at The ALS Association about her personal experience growing up in the STEM field.
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Feeding Tube Awareness Week Q&A
This week, The ALS Association commemorates Feeding Tube Awareness Week, an opportunity to recognize the important role that feeding tubes can play in the lives of people with ALS.
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COVID Webinar Updates Community on Vaccine Access
The ALS Association recently hosted an COVID-19 update webinar for the ALS community, with panelists Dr. Lou Libby, Dr. Richard Bedlack, Dr. Cherise Rohr-Allegrini, Dr. Urvi Desai and Dr. Marinella Galea, moderated by ALS Association Board of Trustees member Dr. Ken Menkhaus, addressing issues specific to the concerns and interests of the ALS community.
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One Man’s Story About Why He Joined the Fight Against ALS
Through word of mouth, Stuart and his wife Marcia found five or six families in their community who were also dealing with the impact of an ALS diagnosis. They started an informal support group. The group started working with the chapter relations team at The ALS Association and formed The ALS Association Alabama Chapter.
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New Biomarker Initiative Shows Continued Success of Research Program
Research supported by The ALS Association, through a $1.4 million grant, has grown into a $15 million program to identify biomarkers – things in the body like heart rate or fluid levels that can be measured in order to diagnose and track progression of a disease. Currently there are no biomarkers for ALS, making it a critical, unmet need in the field.
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Going the Extra Mile to Fight ALS
After watching his Aunt Christie battle ALS for more than nine years, twenty-one-year-old Ryan Wilson was determined to find a way to honor her fight and make a difference for the ALS community. So, he decided to ride his bike from Poughkeepsie, NY to Miami, FL to help raise awareness and funds for ALS research.
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The Michelsen Family and Living with ALS
Six months after their wedding, Jonathan began noticing unusual weakness in his right hand which persisted, and then seemed to inexplicably spread into his right leg. Because of his medical education, he suspected ALS.
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Biogen Shares Latest Updates on ALS Clinical Trials
Despite the many challenges caused by COVID-19 this past year, ALS research made strides toward finding effective treatments for ALS. As 2020 winds down, we wanted to share an update from our partners at Biogen on some of their ongoing research projects.
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