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'Roadmap to a Cure': The ALS Association Hosts Annual National ALS Advocacy Day and Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.
Date:5/5/2009

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  • Wreath Laying Ceremony - Veterans with ALS and their families will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery to honor all veterans who have lost their lives to ALS in the service of their country (12:15 p.m., May 10, Arlington National Cemetery)

    • Candlelight Vigil - the entire ALS community gathers for a candlelight vigil on the steps of the Carnegie Museum to remember the victims of ALS (8:30 p.m., May 10, Carnegie Museum, 801 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

    • Educational breakout sessions that enable attendees to learn the latest about the disease and how to become more effective advocates (May 11, Renaissance, Washington, D.C. Hotel).

    In addition, some of the world's top ALS researchers will be on hand Monday, May 11 for a research plenary session to deliver the latest news on exciting ALS research planned and underway, including research made possible through The Association's advocacy efforts. Later in the day, a panel of experts will share about the promise stem cell research holds for ALS.

    Just prior to a meeting with members of Congress on May 12, advocates will join The Association in recognizing those leaders in Congress whose extraordinary efforts have driven the ALS community closer to a cure. At the Celebration of Excellence Breakfast and Awards Presentation, The Association will present the Jacob K. Javits Public Service Award, named in honor of the
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