May Is ALS Awareness Month
Help us reach our goal of $10,000 in donations to Hope Loves Company during ALS Awareness Month! We've committed to pledge a percentage of every purchase during the month of May in support of children and young adults who had or currently have loved ones battling ALS.
What Is ALS?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive and terminal disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
ALS affects the nerve cells that control voluntary muscle movements such as walking and talking (motor neurons). ALS causes the motor neurons to gradually deteriorate, and then die. Motor neurons extend from the brain to the spinal cord to muscles throughout the body. When motor neurons are damaged, they stop sending messages to the muscles, so the muscles can't function.
About Hope Loves Company
Hope Loves Company is a nonprofit organization in the U.S. dedicated to supporting the children and young adults who have or had a loved one battling ALS.
The organization was founded by Jodi O'Donnell-Ames, who lost her husband, Kevin Gerard O'Donnell, to ALS in 2001. As a mother of three, Jodi knew first-hand how devastating it was for her young children to come to terms with having a family member suffering from a terminal illness and wanted to make a difference for other families in the same situation.
Hope Loves Company offers weekend retreats, gatherings, care packages, scholarships and educational materials to families affected by ALS.
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