In the United States, every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes someone dies from ALS. ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. This disease causes muscle weakness, difficulty speaking and swallowing and usually results in total paralysis.
There are two different types of ALS, sporadic and familial. Sporadic is most common, approximately 90-95% of all ALS cases are sporadic. The other 5-10% is familial, which means inherited. At this time, there is no known cure. Most patients live with ALS 2-5 years.
There are no two cases of ALS alike. The progression and symptoms of the disease vary. The one common denominator in all ALS patients and families is they need support and that’s why we created the Susan Mast ALS Foundation. We are hearts and hands helping ALS patients in West Michigan. We are here for you. Please call or email Julie Snelling, Executive Director of the Susan Mast ALS Foundation. She will guide you and explain our services.