"--What is ALS?--
ALS is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It's a devastating neurodegenerative disease and at this time has no cure. People with ALS become progressively paralyzed until the whole body has failed. Average lifespan after diagnosis is 2-5 years. ALS knows no boundaries. It affects men, women, all nationalities and all races equally.
--What is The ALS Association?--
The ALS Association (ALSA) is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a network grassroots support, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.
The mission of The ALS Association is to lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global cutting-edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.
--ALSA in Second Life--
ALSA has joined Second Life to raise more awareness of this disease and to raise funds through charity events, which will help us further our mission. We also plan to hold virtual support groups in-world for people living with ALS and their families/caregivers. To verify our work in SL and our donation kiosks, you may call the national headquarters at (US) 888-949-2577.