Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually lead to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. Yet, through it all, for the vast majority of people, their minds remain unaffected.
Anyone can be at risk for ALS. It usually affects people between the ages of 40-70. Half of all people affected with ALS live at least three or more years after diagnosis.
Starting now, Sigma Xi Epsilon will be selling dark blue silicone bracelets with "St. Joseph's College" imprinted on them for $2.00 each. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the ALS Association to help find a cure. All brothers of Sigma Xi Epsilon will have these bracelets available, so please find us and help us fight against ALS!