Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

By: Madison Keaton

What is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosisis (ALS) a disease, that is a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cell responsible for controlling voluntary muscles (muscles actions we are able to control, such as arms, legs, and face.)

"Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Fact Sheet." Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Fact Sheet. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2015.


  • More than 12,000 people in the U.S. have a definite diagnosis of ALS, for a prevalence of 3.9 cases per 100,000 people in the U.S. general population, according to a report on data from the National ALS Registry.
  • ALS is one of the most common neuromuscular diseases worldwide, and people of all races and ethnic backgrounds are affected
"Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Fact Sheet." Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Fact Sheet. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2015.

How do you get ALS?

Scientists aren't sure what causes ALS, but glutamate poisoning is a popular theory. Glutamate is an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter, allowing motor neurons to "talk" to one another. After transmitting a message, glutamate is supposed to be vacuumed up by a cell membrane protein. But researchers at John Hopkins University in Baltimore suggest people with ALS don't have enough protein. Over time glutamate clogs the synaptic cleft, the space between the drug Rilutek slows the body's production of glutamate and keeps ALS patients alive for an extra 2 or 3 months!

" Special Report." Special Report. Alabama Live LLC, 1 Nov. 2011. Web. 19 Nov. 2015

What organization helps AlS?

The ALS Association and the Texas Chapter operate under a shared mission: To improve the lives of people living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
The ALS Association of Texas is located in Carrollton, Tx 75006 at 2251 Chenault Dr.

The ALS Association of Texas is doing a walk to help ALS it is an annual event held in communities all of Texas and throughout the country, each walk is between 1 and 3 miles in length.

The closest walk to Dallas, is being held in Austin at Mueller Lake Park its a 3 mile walk.

The walk in check-in starts at 10 am and the walk begins at 11 am. Their goal is to raise 300,000 dollars, so far they have raised 150,309.91.

Even if you don't participate in the walk you can donate online