Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a rapidly progressive and ultimately fatal neuromuscular disorder that causes the degeneration of a select group of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. As the nerve cells die, people with ALS lose control of their muscles, which makes breathing, eating, even smiling almost impossible.

  • Approximately 3,000 Canadians live with ALS.
  • Two to three Canadians a day die of ALS.
  • ALS can strike anyone, regardless of age, sex or ethnic origin
  • The usual age of onset is between 55 and 65, but some individuals are diagnosed before the age of 20
  • Nearly 80 percent of people with ALS die within 5 years of diagnosis. While some live longer, others die within a few short months
  • ALS is a costly disease that affects patients and their families - emotionally, physically, and financially.