The ALS Association Evergreen Chapter
Just what is ALS?
Most commonly, ALS strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time. ALS has cut short the lives of other such notable and courageous individuals as Hall of Fame pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Senator Jacob Javits, actors Michael Zaslow and David Niven, creator of Sesame Street Jon Stone, television producer Scott Brazil, boxing champion Ezzard Charles, NBA Hall of Fame basketball player George Yardley, pro football player Glenn Montgomery, golfer Jeff Julian, golf caddie Bruce Edwards, British soccer player Jimmy Johnstone, musician Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter), photographer Eddie Adams, entertainer Dennis Day, jazz musician Charles Mingus, former vice president of the United States Henry A. Wallace and U.S. Army General Maxwell Taylor.
From Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
Main Entry: amyo·tro·phic lateral sclerosis
Pronunciation: "A-"mI-O-'trO-fik-, la-te-ral, skle-'rO-sis
\A\ as a in ace \I\ as i in ice \O\ as o in go
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Etymology: 2a- + my- + -trophic
Date: circa 1889
: a rare progressive degenerative fatal disease affecting the spinal cord, usually beginning in middle age, and characterized especially by increasing and spreading muscular weakness -- called also Lou Gehrig's disease.
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