ALS patients remember Gehrig
BIDMC and the Boston Red Sox teamed up to host 25 ALS patients last Saturday, the 70th anniversary of the day Yankess slugger Lou Gehrig revealed he had the disease that has come to be named after him.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive nervous system disorder that gradually destroys the nerves responsible for muscle movement. The cause of ALS is unknown and there is currently no cure although medications, therapy and support are available. Walking, balance and swallowing are all challenges for patients.
The commemoration took place in Major League Baseball venues across the country to raise awareness of ALS and research to combat this disease. Players wore "4 ALS" patches on their uniforms.