Ride to Defeat ALS on July 18 (Mt. Angel) is a special event for so many reasons.
Everyone who participates in this fantastic ride comes to it with different intentions. Many love to sink into the landscape. Others like the smooth pavement and quiet roads, a chance to leave behind the cares of the world for the day.
And for plenty of the participants, they ride for those who can’t.
ALS, also known as Lou Gerhig’s Disease, is a deadly disease with no cure. Affected people lose the ability to speak, eat, move and eventually they lose the ability to breathe. It’s a devastating process for loved ones and the patient to endure.
But there is hope! According to the ALS Association, “recent years have brought a wealth of new scientific understanding regarding the physiology of this disease. There is currently one FDA approved drug, riluzole, that modestly slows the progression of ALS in some people. Although there is not yet a cure or treatment that halts or reverses ALS, scientists have made significant progress in learning more about this disease.”
The ALS Association provides much needed support and education for people living with ALS and their loved ones. They help people modify the transportation and living situations for a better quality of life.
To fund this important work, the ALS Association of Oregon hosts the annual Ride to Defeat ALS.
Join in on the ride, and make a big difference.
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