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The ALS Association Holds Candlelight Vigil in Nation's Capitol to Remember Those Taken by Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Calabasas Hills, CA (Vocus) May 11, 2009 -- The ALS community gathered in Washington, D.C., for a candlelight vigil on Sunday, May 10 on the steps of the Carnegie Museum during The ALS Association's 2009 National ALS Advocacy Day and Public Policy Conference to show its solidarity in the fight against Lou Gehrig's Disease, and to remember and honor the brave men and women who either lost their lives or are battling the disease. (see photo right and photo caption below)

The Association's 2009 National ALS Advocacy Day and Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., is part of ALS Awareness Month in May, and is the single largest gathering of the entire ALS community. People with ALS, families, caregivers, physicians and researchers from across the country gather to urge members of Congress to join in the fight against the disease.

Throughout the month, The Association and its nationwide network of 42 chapters reach out to communities across the country to educate the public about Lou Gehrig's Disease and urge people to join The Association in the fight to make ALS a disease of the past.

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. While the disease strikes people regardless of their age, race or gender, military veterans are approximately twice as likely to develop ALS as those with no history of military service.

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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