Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a rare disease that damages motor neurons in both the brain and spinal cord, affecting muscle movement. This continual damage causes motor neurons to die, making it difficult for the brain to control muscle movement and eventually leading to paralysis.
ALS, sometimes known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, does not discriminate in terms of gender, socioeconomic background or ethnicity, impacting 2 out of every 100,000 people. Although the prognosis seems bleak (the average life expectancy of someone stricken with ALS ranges from 2 to 5 years following diagnosis), there have been instances where individuals have lived much longer.
This infographic collects additional facts and statistics about ALS, ways that this dreaded disease can be treated to improve quality of life, and inspiring stories of some who have been afflicted with ALS and managed to thrive while living with this condition.
For more information, please review our Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Resources.