Lance Christian, Executive Director of the Oregon and SW Washington Chapter of The ALS Association, along with retired physician Shelley Lowenstein, who is also an ALS patient, joined us today to explain what ALS is and what you can do to help. To find out more about ALS click here.
Walk to Defeat ALS Portland is happening September 29th. Click here to register today!
ALS 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. The Oregon and SW Washington Chapter of The ALS Association provides support and resources for people living with ALS, their families, and caregivers living in the State of Oregon and the six counties of Southwest Washington. While there is not a cure or treatment today that halts or reverses ALS, there is one FDA approved drug, Rilutek, that modestly slows the progression of ALS as well as several other drugs in clinical trials that hold promise.