Tiffany Pittman wrote -
Join me for the 2011 Denver Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday, October 8, at Denver's City Park. Registration is free and all ages are welcome. The Walk is an amazing morning that brings together thousands of people who have been affected by Lou Gehrig's Disease. Hope to see you there!
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," 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. Until we find a cure, ALS is always fatal and the typical life expectancy is 2 - 5 years from diagnosis.