Yoga for ALS
EVENT DATE: Jun 16, 2017
Yoga for ALS is a fundraising campaign, June 16–25, 2017, for research to find a cure for ALS. All funds go to the ALS Therapy Development Institute—the world’s foremost drug discovery center focused solely on finding a cure. ALS is not incurable; research for a cure is underfunded.
Yoga is a natural tie to ALS, because the practice of body movement and breathing control are the very elements of life that ALS takes away from its victims. A fatal disease with no known cause, ALS rapidly robs a person of the ability to walk, speak, and ultimately breath, while the mind remains fully intact and imprisoned.
Create or join a team to make every pose matter! Share on social media with #Yoga4ALS to encourage participation and support. Ways to join:
- Yoga Studios, Gyms: Host a special fundraising class—choose a donation level, and create a team!
- Yoga Instructors: Encourage your studio or gym to host a donation class!
- Individual Supporters: Create a team at your yoga studio, gym, office, book club, house of worship, with friends and family!
- Local Communities: Build a team, and get local instructors, studios and gyms involved!
- Not a yogi? Any exercise or participation works! Running, cycling, taking a barre class, hosting happy hour, rowing, walking, getting together for ALS research—however you love to move or want to participate!
- Retail Partners: Participate by donating a percentage of all profits during Yoga for ALS! Host in-store donation events! Invite customers to create teams at local yoga studios, gyms and throughout communities where brick-and-mortar stores are located!
- Peer-to-Peer Fundraising: Create a team fundraising page and encourage participants to create a personal fundraising page to share with their network. Add in an incentive (free class, gear, membership, etc.) for the top fundraiser.
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. This causes muscle weakness, paralysis, and ultimately, respiratory failure. There is no single diagnostic test for ALS. However, experts in the disease, usually neurologists specializing in neuromuscular diseases, are very capable of diagnosing it. There are, on average, 15 people diagnosed with ALS every day, and roughly 30,000 people in America have this condition. Most people with ALS live two to five years after their first signs of disease. About 10% of people with ALS survive at least 10 years. This variable rate of disease progression makes prognosis difficult to predict and therapies challenging to develop.