Dear Editor:

Filed under: Opinion |

Every 90 minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with ALS and, unfortunately, every 90 minutes someone in the United States dies from ALS. Commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease”, ALS is a fatal neuromuscular disease that currently affects over 30,000 people living in the United States. 5,600 new cases of ALS will be diagnosed this year. We need to work together NOW to find the cure for ALS!

On behalf of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of The ALS Association, I am writing to ask all Coloradoans to become actively involved in the fight against ALS during the month of May and help The ALS Association raise awareness and funding to combat this dreadful disease that is taking the lives of too many outstanding men and women in our communities. We are hopeful that all Coloradoans will join with the Congress of the United States, who has proclaimed May as ALS Awareness Month, and work with our organization to help find the cause and the cure for ALS and to locally help those that are currently diagnosed with ALS.

ALS is a fatal neuromuscular disease. The life expectancy of an ALS patient is two to five years from date of diagnosis. ALS occurs throughout the workd with no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries. ALS can strike anyone!

ALS reaps havoc on those diagnosed, their family and their friends. Besides taking away all mobility and the ability to communicate, ALS robs patients and their families of any and all disposable income – leaving most families in financial ruin by the time of death. ALS is a cruel disease and must be stopped now! The ALS Association is asking for the support of all Coloradoans in the days ahead with the hopes of raising awareness and funding to beat this dreadful disease.

The ALS Association (ALSA) is the only national not-for-profit voluntary health organization that is dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. ALSA is “lighting the way for a treatment and cure” for ALS through national and local programs in research, patient and community service, education and awareness and advocacy.

During the month of May, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of The ALS Association is actively working to recruit 1,000 volunteers who will assist with a variety of programs and events for the coming year. The Chapter is in need of people who will help our organization grow and persons who are interested in providing one-on-one service to the ever-increasing Colorado ALS population. We are hopeful that your readers will pick up the phone today and lend their time and talents to the fight against ALS.

In addition to acquiring new volunteers, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of The ALS Association is working to light 1,000 Candles of Hope during the month of May. Ceremonial Candles of Hope may be purchased from the Rocky Mountain Chapter of The ALS Association for a tax-deductible donation of $25. All candles purchased will be on display at the May 16 ALS Candlelight Vigil at the Colorado State Capitol and on June 1 at the Chapter offices in Longmont, CO. The Candles of Hope are a visual demonstration that The ALS Association is “lighting the way for a treatment and cure” for ALS. Hopefully funds raised from the Colorado campaign will be the ones that find the cure for ALS!

It has been nearly 63 years since Lou Gehrig’s death from ALS. We cannot wait another 63 years to find a cure for ALS. For information on how you can help to STRIKE OUT ALS during the month of May and help the Rocky Mountain Chapter light 1,000 candles of hope this month, contact the Rocky Mountain Chapter of The ALS Association at (303) 772-1211.

By working together we will beat ALS!

Sincerely,

Dr. Robert B. Deloian

President

Rocky Mountain Chapter

The ALS Association