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ALS Association DC/MD/VA Chapter



ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord. It slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. People diagnosed with ALS lose their ability to move and function, while their minds stay alert. No cure for this disease exists, and patients usually pass away within two to five years of diagnosis. The ALS Association – DC/MD/VA Chapter works tirelessly to provide completely free care services to people living with ALS in our region. These services include home visits with social workers, support groups, home medical care, transportation and respite grants, assistive technology and augmented communication devices.
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