ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease) is a degenerative disease of the nervous system that leads to progressive weakness. It affects people of all ages and all races. Over time, people with ALS lose their ability to speak, swallow, and move their arms and legs. Eventually, when breathing becomes affected, the person with ALS will die without the support of a breathing machine. The typical life span is two to five years following diagnosis.
Bo, former president of Waterloo Gardens, passed away in October 2001, after being challenged by ALS for over eight years. It was always Bo's deep desire to help find a cure for ALS. Our family is continuing this work so that someday no one will have to suffer and die from ALS.
Waterloo Gardens raises funds for ALS Hope Foundation with the ALS Hope Gala held every year in early spring. The goal of the ALS Hope Gala is to raise funds for research to find a cure for ALS. ALS Hope Gala proceeds for last year were over $40,000.
The ALS Hope Foundation, a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization, supports basic and clinical research aimed at improving care and accelerating the search for a cure for ALS. The Foundation promotes research that is innovative and underscores cooperation, and supports educational programs that inform patients, care-givers, and health professionals about ALS research.
For more information:
ALS Hope Foundation's Website