WHEREAS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal, neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles; and
WHEREAS, ALS does not affect a person’s ability to see, smell, taste, hear or recognize touch; and
WHEREAS, as many as 20,000 people in the United States have ALS, and an estimated 6,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with the disease each year and its cause is unknown and no cure currently exists; and
WHEREAS, approximately 250 people living in Nevada are currently diagnosed with ALS; and
WHEREAS, military veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS as those that have not served in the military; and
WHEREAS, the month of May is an opportunity to come together with patients, families, caregivers and medical professionals to lend support and enhance awareness in order to reach the goal of ending ALS;
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 9th day of April, 2018.