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Step up efforts for cure to Lou Gehrig’s disease

In the July 5 News, Mitch Albom addressed a subject that needs to be explored more and more each day – the tragedy of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known commonly as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It’s a fatal disease that affects the nerve cells that control a person’s muscles. As the disease causes these cells to deteriorate, the brain loses the ability to start and control voluntary muscle movement. Life expectancy is typically a short two to five years.

It’s appropriate that Albom’s column appeared one day after the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s famous “Luckiest Man” speech at Yankee Stadium on the day he was honored upon his retirement from baseball at the early age of 35, due to the crippling effects of this terrible disease.

Some progress is being made in the search for treatments and a cure for this disease, but much more work needs to be done. The ALS Association Upstate New York Chapter is sponsoring its annual ALS Walk on Aug. 2 in Delaware Park. Show your support for this worthwhile cause, and help raise awareness to these efforts, by joining us on that day. Someday, maybe we can name a cure after Gehrig rather than a disease.

Tom Franczyk

Captain, Team Kathy Franczyk

Buffalo