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Permobil Becomes Premiere-Level Partner of The ALS Association; Will Offer Support for People Affected by Lou Gehrig's Disease
Date:7/11/2013

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Permobil, the world's leading manufacturer of power wheelchairs, has joined forces with The ALS Association as a Premiere-Level Partner to offer support and enhance the quality of life for individuals impacted by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis.  For unknown reasons, veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population.  There is no cure, and only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) modestly extends survival.

"Our ongoing support of The ALS Association is unfaltering, as is their fight to find a cure for this devastating disease," said Larry Jackson, President of Permobil, Inc. "We encourage others to get involved in this great cause as well and to participate in a Walk in their local area."

"It is through the support of Permobil that The ALS Association helps to empower people living with ALS," said Jane H. Gilbert, President & CEO of The Association. "We look forward to strengthening this partnership on a chapter and national level."

Through this partnership, Permobil will support The Association on multiple levels, including its Care Services program through the donation of seat elevators. These elevators enable people with ALS to live more independent lives, reaching countertops and shelves.  Seat elevators also provide assistance with transfers for those with the disease and/or their caregivers. Permobil will also help support the

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