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The ALS Association Cares for Those Who Care the Most in New Campaign
Date:10/26/2009

caregivers: swallow your pride and let family and friends assist you whenever possible. No one person can do all of this alone."

In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, the Patient Services Department of The Association has assembled a set of Web-based presentations designed specifically for caregivers who provide attention and care to people living with ALS. During the informative and practical presentations, experts from their respective fields share experiences and offer tips and support.

"There will be a time in this life when each and every one of us will be called on to assume the role of caregiver," Matland said. "The ALS Association is committed to protecting those who embrace this responsibility from the clutches of ALS. Together we can work to stop this devastating disease from claiming more victims and strive to restore a sense of grace and dignity to those who give so much to meet the needs of their loved ones."

ALS causes the progressive death of the motor nerve cells that operate muscles, robbing the brain of its ability to initiate and control movement. Approximately 30,000 Americans have the disease, for which there is no effective treatment or cure, and can expect to survive on average two to five years from the time of diagnosis.

The ALS Association is the only non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.

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