House Adopts Cutler’s ALS Awareness Resolution
4/29/2014
HARRISBURG – In an effort to draw awareness to ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and the increased risk veterans have of developing the disease, Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) authored House Resolution 761, making May ALS Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. Today, the House unanimously adopted the resolution.

“ALS awareness and research is a cause close to my heart and has a personal history within my own family, with both of my parents succumbing to ALS,” Cutler said. “What many people do not know is that studies have found veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS in their lifetimes compared to non-veterans. No one can explain why this trend happens, but it is our responsibility as legislators to do what we can to ensure our veterans have the best possible health care and services available to them. Striving for breakthroughs in the battle against ALS is part of that duty.”

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neurodegenerative disease. It attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord, ultimately resulting in a loss of voluntary muscle control, paralysis and death. The average life expectancy for people with ALS is two to five years from the time of diagnosis.

Every day an average of 15 people are diagnosed with ALS, or more than 5,600 people each year. As many as 30,000 Americans are currently living with ALS. Moreover, only one drug, approved by the FDA in late 1995, currently is available to treat ALS, but provides limited benefits. There is no known cause of the disease, cure or means of prevention.

For more information on Cutler’s legislative goals visit www.RepCutler.com, or Facebook.com/RepBryanCutler.

Representative Bryan Cutler
100th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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