ATLANTA -- Long after the Ice Bucket Challenge melted, the fight to find treatment for ALS patients continues. Up to 30,000 Americans have ALS at any given time.
The Georgia chapter of the ALS Association explains the disease:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
The real story behind the disease is better told by individual stories of determination.
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Becky Kidd was diagnosed in 2012: "Even as my body grows weaker, my spirit becomes stronger, thanks to God! We will find answers, to honor our Pals & their families and to make this a non-issue for future generations."
Jennie Fountain from Smyrna was diagnosed in 2011. "I was an extremely active person; traveling, playing competitive tennis, an avid skier and working out at least 5 times a week, not because I had to but because I enjoyed it." she said. "Physical fitness was my passion. ALS has made it virtually impossible for me to do any of those things but what I can do is continue to fight every day to help find a cure for ALS."
Cecil Harrison offers hope: "ALS is not a death sentence with support from ALS Assoc. and others. We look forward to each day, just lived in a different way. We have hope that with your support a cure will be found."