Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease. It robs people of the ability to walk, talk, eat, and breathe, while leaving their mind untouched. There is no cure and the only approved treatment extends survival by 2-3 months. Patients typically die within 2-5 years of diagnosis.
Researchers are working harder than ever to find a cure, but are in desperate need of funding. Buying Pickals can help. Proceeds from each jar benefit ALS research and patient support services . We hope this will help speed up more meaningful treatment and a cure. We want to create a future where ALS is no longer a death sentence.
- Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with ALS, and another dies of it.
- ALS can strike anyone.
- Most people with ALS are diagnosed between age 40 to 70, with an average age of 55. But cases do occur in people in their 20s and 30s.
- ALS is not contagious.
- ALS is 20% more common in men. However, as people age, ALS affects men and women more equally.
Where our profits go
Profits from each Pickals purchase benefit organizations that advance the search for a cure and provide support for ALS patients and their families. Some of these organizations include:
ALS Therapy Development Institute—ALS TDI is the world's first nonprofit biotech 100% focused on developing treatments for ALS. They are a leader in the breakthrough area of Precision Medicine, which is seeking to develop a cure by using patients' own genome sequences and stem cells. alstdi.org
Compassionate Care ALS-CCALS supplies patients with desperately needed equipment, from wheelchairs to assistive communication devices. ccals.org
The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at John Hopkins-The Packard Center works to develop new treatments for ALS through aggressive and innovative approaches. alscenter.org
MAC Angels—MAC Angels provides patients, family members and caregivers the compassion, education and unique resources need to manage the devastating effects of ALS. macangels.org
The ALS Association—Pickals supports ALSA through the sale of Pickals at ALS walks and other ALS fundraising events. alsa.org
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