A local family is hoping to spread awareness of ALS

NBC 6 News Today

Families dealing with ALS spent Monday trying to raise awareness about the debilitating and deadly disease. Through a campaign called Walk for a Cure, they’re pushing for a breakthrough.

Brad Medlin says doctors first gave him the diagnosis that he had ALS in 2014. 

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of a person with ALS averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.

Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.

ALS can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease, yet it still costs loved ones an average of $250,000 a year to provide the care people living with ALS and their families need. Join the movement to provide help and hope today!

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