Three Ways to Prepare for ALS Month
In the US, over 6,000 people are diagnosed each year with ALS.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig's disease is a devastating neurodegenerative disease. It affects a person’s ability to walk, speak, swallow, and even breathe.
Currently, there is no cure and few treatments. But there is hope! Fundraising and awareness campaigns each year significantly impact the lives of people living with ALS.
In fact, the ice bucket challenge that went viral in 2014 raised $115 million dollars. Since then, the pace of discovery has increased bringing real breakthroughs in diagnosing, treating, and eventually curing this disease much closer.
May is ALS month across the United States. This year, it's more important than ever to raise funds and awareness for ALS. Here are 3 ways you can get ready for ALS awareness month.
1. Get on Social Media
One of the best ways you can prepare for ALS month this May is to follow the ALS Association on social media.
This way you will be kept up-to-date on news, facts, and daily activities leading up to ALS month. You might want to change your profile picture on your social channels to the ALS logo. This will help spread awareness of this important cause.
Don't worry if you aren't a social media guru. But if you have the basics including how to tag and use hashtags, you will be able to make a difference in spreading awareness.
During the campaign, try to share a photo, video, or story that will encourage your family and friends to support ALS month. There are plenty of options on social media.
Pick something that resonates with you. Chances are it will also resonate with your family and friends.
You can also find a chapter near you and learn how you can make an impact on the ALS community where you live.
2. Join the Walk to Defeat ALS
The Walk to Defeat ALS is the number one way that you can fundraise for those living with ALS.
This Walk is held in a number of cities across the country from Spring to Fall. Since the first Walk in 2000, the event has raised more than $276 million.
All the money raised by this non-profit organization goes towards are services, research, and advocacy for ALS.
3. Become an ALS Advocate
As an ALS advocate, you can help make a significant impact on the lives of people with ALS. You can advocate for policy changes such as timely and affordable access to therapies, improved care, research funding, and more.
You can send letters to Senators and Congressmen to increase ALS awareness and promote disability rights.
Do Your Part During ALS Month
There you have it! Three concrete ways you can prepare to have success during ALS month.
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