The month of May is recognized as ALS Awareness Month. The mission of the RASCALS Foundation is to raise the level of awareness to this ugly, deadly disease. By raising awareness, more donations will be given. More money means a greater opportunity to the discovery of a treatment and a cure.
From the experiences of the foundation, it has been discovered that a high percentage of people do not have any knowledge of ALS. As high as 9 out of 10 people may have heard of ALS (more commonly known as Lou Gehrig`s Disease). However, when asked about specifics of the disease, very little is known amongst the general public.
Symptoms of this disease were discovered in the early 1800`s. ALS was finally given its name in the 1870`s. Very little has been accomplished in over 150 years of its known existence. Some people believe this disease affects only the elderly and, yet, in some cases teenagers are now being diagnosed. There are also a high number of cases with our service personnel coming home from abroad with symptoms of ALS. This is a highly complex disease and usually takes many long months before a diagnosis can be made. There are some study trials showing promise of possible treatments to slow the progression of the disease. The researchers are still a long ways from an actual cure. To have a form of treatment would be a step in that direction and give hope to all.
There are wonderful organizations throughout the country involved in research and patient care. Funding is badly needed to allow these organizations to continue their work. The RASCALS Foundation`s belief is that knowledge is power and strength is in numbers. We also believe one day, the work done today will lead to a cure for tomorrow.